UPDF Warns Public on Use of Military Attire

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The UPDF has learned with concern the increasing illegal use of military attire by members of the public, especially musicians and other artists. This act has several security implications and undermines the laws governing use of military attire.

Press Release from Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF):

The UPDF has learned with concern the increasing illegal use of military attire by members of the public, especially musicians and other artists. This act has several security implications and undermines the laws governing use of military attire.
 
The public is therefore reminded and warned that the UPDF Act 7 of 2005 section 164 (1) (a) and (b) prohibits any person, without authority, from manufacturing, selling, offering or exposing for sale, wearing or using any uniform supplied to or authorized for use by the Defence Forces or ANY UNIFORM SO NEARLY RESEMBLING IT. Violation of this provision attracts, on conviction an imprisonment term, not exceeding seven years.
 
In the interest of National Security, and for the purpose of section 164 (1) (a) and (b) of UPDF Act 7, the public is hereby cautioned to desist from such attires and in the case of second hand clothes dealers, to declare and handover such attire to security agencies, immediately discovered in their stocks.
 
Whereas section 164 (2) of the Act permits artists to use the same for Bona fide stage, film or television production, it shall only be done with proper authorization from the Defence Forces and handed back to the Defence Forces stores after the performance.
 
The current security situation of heightened terror threats, coupled with increasing “uniformed” criminals, and impersonators, has proved that its, hence forth, important and mandatory that systematic access to such attires be adhered to, as provided for by the Law, so that together we can reduce on chances of infringement of security of innocent Ugandans, by dangerous elements. The public is, therefore, encouraged to dispose of such attire to security agencies and remain security conscious and report any such characters who are still in possession of the same.
 
PADDY ANKUNDA
Lt Col
DEF/UPDF SPOKESMAN