UPDF Army Celebrates Tarehe Sita Day

The Civil Military Cooperation Officer Lt. Col. Kaamurari Katwekyeire said that the forces give gratitude by offering voluntary services in health, hygiene and shelter as these are the basic human needs. [Joseph Nashion]

The Civil Military Cooperation Officer Lt. Col. Kaamurari Katwekyeire said that what they are doing now in South Sudan and the Central African Republic will run for a week and has been marked in February annually since 1981.

He added that the forces give gratitude by offering voluntary services in health, hygiene and shelter as these are the basic human needs.

The contingent cleaned the main Yambio County Market while another team is in the civil hospital offering cleaning services.

He said they will also clean water points adding that they have identified some venerable groups of people and they will dig for them pit latrines and also treat the sick.

He stressed that as they are working together with sister forces like the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) in the inauguration of the peace keeping forces since the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) have been a threat to the people of Western Equatorial State and the Central African Republic.

He urged the people to cooperate with the forces in the area to overcome the problems in the area.

He gave his gratitude and said they are glad the people of Yambio are appreciating the work they are doing.

He said that after the cleaning exercise, they are going to conduct a HIV testing and counselling session in Yambio as well as immunization and fumigation of the health centre and painting of wards in Nzara County.

The team will donate mosquito nets to all the wards at the Yambio Civil Hospital and Nzara County Health centre.

Tarehe sita, which refers to February 6, 1981, commemorates the first armed attack on Kabamba barracks, starting a five-year guerrilla war that ended with January 26, 1986 takeover of power by the NRM government.

This year’s celebrations are held under the theme: ‘The Vanguard of National Transformation in Solidarity for Regional Peace and Integration’

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