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Overview of the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces

UPDF is a nonpartisan force, national in character, patriotic, professional, disciplined, productive and subordinate to the civilian authority as established under the constitution.
The UPDF’s interest is to protect Uganda and africa atlarge. Providing a safe and secure environment in which all Ugandan citizens can live and prosper.


Transform the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) into a modern, professional, efficient and accountable Force anchored on a strong civil-military partnership.


To defend and protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Uganda, and the Constitution that encapsulates people’s sovereignty through popular will.


  • To preserve and defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Uganda.
  • To co-operate with civilian authority in emergency situations in cases of natural disasters.
  • To foster harmony and understanding between the defence forces and civilians.
  • To engage in productive activities for the development of Uganda.


  • Defend and protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Uganda, ensuring non-violability of peoples and individual rights, the rule of law and good governance.
  • Build adequate and credible defence capacity to address external threats and in the medium-term assist in maintaining internal security.
  • Create a productive and self-sustaining force.
  • Ensure adherence to and furtherance of international obligations.
  • Ensure continuation and strengthening of the Defence forces that has respect for Human Rights.
  • Create military alliances to enhance regional security and stability.
  • Maintain national cohesion.
  • Promote co-operation with the East African countries, which share common political, economic, social and cultural values, and interests.
  • Support regional and continental integration through the East African Community and African Union

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