The army has said the recent troop deployment in neighbouring countries is part of the revolutionary ideals that created the National Resistance Army in 1981.
Special Forces Command (SFC) Deputy Commander Col Sabiti Magyenyi Muzeeyi said the UPDF’s second pillar of pan-Africanism was to strengthen ties in greater African region.
“The regional ties that took the NRA to the bush were to create economic, diplomatic and military ties to have a unified and strong region,” he said during the Tarehe Sita celebrations at the Mayor’s Gardens in Entebbe on Thursday.
He said the UPDF launched the guerrilla war to promote nationalism to cure sectarianism in the previous armies.
Col Mugyenyi said the army also wanted to see the country’s social and economic transformation from improved welfare to infrastructural development.
Former Internal Affairs minister Ali Kirunda Kivejinja said there is a need to celebrate Tarehe Sita because of the long journey of stability the army has taken the country through.