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Who We Are

UPDF is a nonpartisan force, national in character, patriotic, professional, disciplined, productive and subordinate to the civilian authority as established under the constitution.


To defend and protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Uganda, and the Constitution that encapsulates peoples’ sovereignty through popular will.


Transform the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) into a modern , professional, efficient and accountable force anchored on a strong civil-military partnership.

Our Mandate

The UPDF protects Uganda’s interests at home and abroad, providing a safe and secure environment in which all Ugandan citizens can live and prosper.

The mandate is derived from the Constitution of Republic of Uganda 1995 (as amended). In accordance with Articles 208 and 209, the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) is established and mandated to carry out the following functions:

  • To preserve and defend the sovereignty and interior integrity of Uganda.
  • To co-operate with civilian authority in emergency situations in cases of
    natural disasters.
  • To foster harmony and understanding between the defence forces and
  • To engage in productive activities for the development of Uganda.



H.E Gen Yoweri Kaguta Museveni

President of the Republic of Uganda and Commander in Chief (CiC) of the UPDF

Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba

Chief of Defence Forces (CDF)


We Are Always Ready To Serve Africa

We are persistently engaged around Africa to help shape the environment and prevent conflict in the future. The UPDF is currently deployed in 5 countries

Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC)

See below our latest CIMIC activities


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