JINJA- The Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) has acquired an assortment of military equipment from the United States to increase on its preparedness to keep peace in war-torn countries across Africa.
The equipment includes 30 Mercedes Benz trucks, Tele-handlers, one Rough terrain container, three armoured rough troop carriers, a bulldozer and 10 generators.
The US Ambassador to Uganda, Ms Deborah Malac, who handed over the equipment at Uganda Rapid Deployment Capability Centre – Gadhafi Barracks in Jinja District -on Thursday, said the equipment is to enhance response to insurgences in Africa.
“I commend countries that have demonstrated high levels of peace-keeping, especially the UPDF who have been in Somalia where there is insurgency,” Ms Malac said, adding that her country was committed to give continuous support to the UPDF in capacity building, peace-keeping operations in both Africa and in the world .
The UPDF Chief of Defense Forces (UPDF), Gen David Muhoozi who received the equipment, lauded the good relationship between Uganda and the US.
“We have done little in the past; but this better equipment will enhance our preparedness and readiness to respond to threats in security across the region. This should not been seen as self-serving but to the rest of the world,” Gen Muhoozi said.
“The US”, Gen Muhoozi disclosed, “has provided $270m under the African Peace Rapid Response Partnership.”
Uganda, he added, was allocated $51m that will be used to train and skill officers in logistics and engineering.