UPDF to Drop Universal Camouflage for Digital Combat Uniform Top story

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Recent criticisms by the international community had dented the UPDF image as M23 rebels clad in UCP fought in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The now defeated rebels had an outfit almost similar to the UPDF camouflage.

The Uganda Peoples Defence forces-UPDF has decided to replace the existing universal camouflage pattern –UCP with the digitized combat uniform.

This is aimed at easier identification of the UPDF after two decades of donning the universal camouflage.

Recent criticisms by the international community had dented the UPDF image as M23 rebels clad in UCP fought in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The now defeated rebels had an outfit almost similar to the UPDF camouflage.

Gen. Katumba Wamala, the UPDF Chief of Defense Forces says the army will now have three  sets of uniform - one meant for woodland environment and another for arid areas like Karamoja.

He explains that the North, Central, South and part of Eastern Uganda will don the digital green uniform while digital brown would be reserved for parts like Karamoja. He adds that the plain green uniform will be reserved for Bombo and ministry of defense headquarters -Mbuya.

Capt. Denis Omara, the UPDF 3rd Division spokesperson welcomes the move saying the new uniform suits the region, He explains that the color of the vegetation and condition in which the army operates in the sub region are favored by the new kit. Above all, he notes the digitized uniform is smart and it will change the outlook of the soldiers.

Meanwhile, the soldiers in Moroto have intimated to Uganda Radio Network that government had taken long to have a new uniform in place. The UPDF has already unveiled the new camouflage strategy and hopes by end of August the traditional uniform will have been phased out.

 

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Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.