By Our Reporter
Kampala: Gen. David Muhoozi, the UPDF Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), has today revealed to Defence attaches from different countries that Uganda committed to co-exiting peacefully with her neighbors.
Gen. Muhoozi made these remarks while addressing Defence Attachés and Advisors accredited to Uganda at UPDF General Headquarters in Mbuya. Muhoozi’s briefing session waso attended by the UPDF Joint Chief of Staff, Lt Gen Joseph Musanyufu, Defence Attachés/Advisors representing Tanzania, USA, Rwanda, UK, Netherlands, Republic of Korea, France, Turkey, Kenya, South Africa and South Sudan, among others. However, his revelation comes at a time when Uganda is currently involved in diplomatic tension with Rwanda, following Kagame’s closure of Rwanda’s borders to Uganda. During a recent meeting with defence attaches accredited to Rwanda, Kigali accused Kampala of helping Rwandan rebels and allegedly harassing Rwandans traveling to Uganda, although government officials in Uganda vehemently denied the allegations and branded them frivolous.
In a statement from the Defence ministry, Muhoozi “gave assurance that Uganda cherishes good neighborliness and peaceful co-existence and all efforts possible should be directed at addressing whatever stumbling blocks the countries face, including regional security, stability and socio-economic transformation. Muhoozi also noted that Uganda remains peaceful and UPDF has remained committed to keeping Uganda’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. He also asserted that UPDF is ready and commitment to work with other security agencies around East Africa to prevent any ‘acts of lawlessness by individuals or groups that may threaten Uganda’s peace and security’ from prevailing. He hailed UPDF’s commitment to “integration as a strategy to guarantee the survival of the African people” and highlighted that it was imperative to “work in harmony with all sisterly countries through the existing regional frameworks such as the EAC Protocol on Cooperation in Defence Affairs.”