Army Commits to Secure Uganda's Airspace

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Gen Wamala says Uganda has learnt lessons from some African countries that have experienced chaos in areas endowed with oil resources adding that Uganda is readying itself every day to counter such occurrences through boosting air security.

The army will boost air security in the Albertine Graben in order to ensure that the country doesn't plunge into conflicts arising from oil, the Chief of Defense Forces Gen Katumba Wamala says.

Gen Wamala says Uganda has learnt lessons from some African countries that have experienced chaos in areas endowed with oil resources adding that Uganda is readying itself every day to counter such occurrences through boosting air security.

He says the discovery of oil attracts many players in the country, some of whom harbor ill motives that can jeopardize security. He adds that the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces has acquired sophisticated air equipment and training qualified jet pilots to deal with such challenges.

Gen Wamala observed a need to maximize the security capacity and training in order to protect oil resources without any eruption of turbulence.

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General Wamala made the remarks during a pass out ceremony of 20 Jet pilots and 50 technicians at Gulu Air force Base, Friday. The 20 pilots are the first batch of Ugandan pilots to receive training in the country after a five-year course. Among them is one female, Jacinta Kyomuhangi, 28,  the first Ugandan female jet pilot to have graduated.

Gen Wamala hailed Uganda People's Defense Air force (UPDAF)  for achieving a milestone by passing out the greatest number of domestically trained pilots and technicians.

Gen Wamala notes that although the training is expensive and takes long time, the army through funds from government will invest heavily in Air force to avoid putting the country at risk. He adds that the Ministry of Defense through Uganda People's Defense Air force (UPDAF) has invested heavily in the military aviation sector with motives of securing the country's air space and boundary.

The pilots will embark on second phase of combat training.