UPDF warns public, private security firms on wearing military attire

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UPDF warns public, private security firms on wearing military attire
UPDF fourth division spokesperson, Capt Hassan Kato.

The UPDF has warned civilians and private security companies against dressing in military attire.

According to Capt Ahmad Hassan Kato, the spokesperson of  fourth infantry division headquartered in Gulu, they have noted a growing number of civilians and private security companies in Acholi and West Nile sub region dressed in military outfits bearing UPDF imprint.

Capt Kato said many of these military attires include warm suits, jackets, ranger boots, berets, capes, porches, weapon sling belts and back packs among others but said it is illegal.

“The UPDF Act, of 2005 Section 160 part 2 prohibits non-members of the security forces from using such costumes mentioned above. The Uganda Gazette under General notice No 1013 of 2019, dated September, 18, 2019 also issued a notice describing and prohibiting members of the public from wearing military materials and decorations or so nearly resembling them,” Capt Kato said.

“We wish to warn these individuals in their various capacities to stop putting on these items listed above as soon as possible and to hand them over to the Uganda Police Force and the UPDF for further management.”

The UPDF fourth infantry division spokesperson warned that failure to comply will lead to action as the army ensures it maintains law and order in the community.

Previously, civilians have been warned against donning military attires and to this, a number of them have been arrested.

For example, a number of opposition National Unity Platform supporters were arrested and arraigned before the General Court Martial for donning the red beret which is considered part of the military attire.

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