Special Forces Command (SFC), the elite UPDF unit that guards the president and key government installations, on Monday celebrated the 38th Tarehe Sita.
The event running under the theme “The UPDF and the people consolidating peace for sustainable development and prosperity” took place at Entebbe Marine Base [10th Battalion headquarters] and was joined by Uganda People’s Defence Air Force [UPDAF] as well as the general public.
The Chief Guest was the Commander Special Forces Major General Don Nabaasa who was accompanied by Major General Birungi James, UPDAF Chief of Staff.
Other guests were; Hon Rosemary Tumusiime the Entebbe Municipality MP, the Town Clerk Entebbe Municipality Mr Charles Magumba, the Resident District Commissioner [RDC] Entebbe, Ragga Dee, among others.
Speaking at the ceremony, Nabasa who was recently promoted to the rank of Major General, said there are external forces were planning to overthrow the government of President Museveni.
“They [external forces] don’t want us to develop. We have the oil here, beauty of the country, stability, development and above all a precious leader,” Nabasa is quoted by Daily Monitor as saying.
He added: “They think maybe if they get the precious leader out there will be disorganisation. Please don’t go on that path, it’s a wrong path. Don’t let them use you.”
According to Nabasa, these aggressors won’t come physically “but if they come here, it will be the best because we are very ready for them. Unfortunately, they will not come”.
He said the plotters will instead send money and people like the ones of late being deported to mobilise the youth because they have the manpower here and the youth are very easy to convince.
“Please, talk to them and they see that the stability of their country is their future,” he entreated.
While the army is supposed to be non-partisan, Nabasa said although he is not supposed to talk politics, he can’t, as a General, hide undercover.
He urged parents to tell their children examples of failed states due to war so that they understand the importance of keeping peace, noting that external forces which are jealous of the country’s stability.