Last week, H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni commissioned the new headquarters of the Special Forces Command – SFC in Entebbe, named the General Yoweri Museveni House.
The Special Forces Command (SFC) is a specialized component of the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF), whose mandate is to carry out special missions in support of national military objectives.
The complex was built by the elite force construction unit, at a cost Shs 3.48 billion, opposed to the Shs 9 billion quoted by the would be contractor.
In a bid to improve the welfare of soldiers, the President also commissioned newly-built dormitories for soldiers, renovated houses for non-commissioned officers, gun shades and a 30,000-litre fuel pump. These cost Shs1.1b and all the work was executed in 23 months.
“It is not right for soldiers to sleep outside the barracks. What if war broke out in the night, where would we find you?”
He urged the army to continue building its facilities and saving money most especially for lodgings.
Military facilities need a certain degree of privacy and confidentiality which could not be prioritized by a private contractor.
He also warned encroachers on army land that they should not be tolerated and should either compensate the forces if they have built on the land or vacate the land and ownership reverts to the UPDF.