UPDF has regretted the disruptions caused by their guards in a land dispute with a school in Jinja.
Yesterday, February 12, there was a standoff between UPDF soldiers attached to the army's Senior Staff and Command College – Kimaka and Guardian primary school over a long-running land dispute.
In the statement issued today by army spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire, the UPDF promises to engage with all stakeholders to find an amicable solution.
Monday's incident involved pupils and parents and attracted the media.
Some journalists were beaten up and their equipment allegedly damaged by the UPDF.
“It may be recalled that in a recent appearance before the Commission of Inquiry into land matters, the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs officials complained about continued loss of its strategic land to some entities,” Karemire said.
“In this particular case, the contested land overlooking the Senior Command and Staff College – Kimaka, was exchanged for the Bujagali rifle range ground on 20th February 2004 between the Uganda Land Commission (on behalf of the Ministry of Defence) and Jinja District Land Board” he added.
Karemire said Jinja District authorities were in turn supposed to relocate occupants, including Guardian primary school, to the more secure Bujagali rifle ground, far away from military activities.
This has not happened, he said, resulting in the dispute.