President Yoweri Museveni on Monday officially commissioned the first ever Special Forces School in Uganda at Kaweweta in the heart of the former NRA bush war Luweero triangle. The school is located in Nakaseke District.
The Fort Samora Machel Special Forces School is named after the late Mozambican revolutionary and first President of independent Mozambique, Samora Moises Machel. He ruled from June 1975 until his death in a mysterious plane crash in October of 1986. Samora’s presidential aircraft was en-route from a summit in Mbala, Zambia, when it went down in mountainous terrain where the borders of South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique converge.
“I congratulate the SFC leadership for building key infrastructure, especially for training. Continuous training is like sharpening a Jambiya (panga). When it is well sharpened, it is easier to cut down a tree,” said Gen. Museveni.
The President added that he was equally impressed by other units of the UPDF, sighting the Kalama Armoured Warfare Training school in Kabamba, Mubende District. “The other day I was at the Armoured School, and unlike in the past, those instructors now know what they are talking about. They were able to bring out the elements of the combined arms doctrine very well. So this is the way to go,” said Museveni.
The President said the culture of training must spread to all units of the UPDF in order to ensure efficiency and effectiveness. He said the essence of good training was to deter the enemy. “If the enemy thinks you are weak, they will always be tempted, but each time they try you must always send a clear message,” said Museveni. He was pleased that the school was named after the late Samora Machel, leader of FRELIMO. The President recounted that the late Samora, whom he described as one of very few African generals that managed to defeat a European army, helped him to build the nucleus of the UPDF by allowing 28 FRONASA guerillas to train in northern Mozambique in 1976.
The President was received at the Special Forces School by the Chief of Defense Forces, Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala, the CommanderLand Forces Maj. Gen. David Muhoozi, the Joint Chief of Staff, Maj. Gen. Wilson Mbadi, the Chief of Doctrine and Strategy, Maj. Gen. Pecos Kuteesa and the Commander of the Special Forces, Brig. Muhoozi Kainerugaba. Other chiefs and generals of the Defense Forces also attended the function.
Gen. Wamala said the establishment of the Special Forces School was an important milestone in the advancement and professionalization of the UPDF. “This school is well located and will do well to facilitate and enhance the training of the UPDF Special Forces. The President once said the army is like a Simba (Lion) which must live in the bush and only come out if it is absolutely necessary. I am confident this school will provide that element,” observed Gen. Wamala.
Brig. Muhoozi revealed that for over 20 years from 1986 to 2006, the Special Forces relied on Fort Kasenyi Training Wing (near Entebbe) for training but the area had experienced a surge in population and was no longer suitable.
“I’m happy that we now have a spacious, suitable and permanent home where we can sharpen our skills. The history of the NRA in this area also inspired us to establish the Special Forces School in this place,” said Brig. Muhoozi.
Brig. Muhoozi thanked the President and Commander-in-Chief for his guidance and support, as well as the entire Ministry of Defense and UPDF leadership that contributed to make the establishment of the school a reality.
The Fort Samora Machel Special Forces School was constructed by the Special Forces Construction unit under the leadership of Maj. Emmanuel Odongo and Lt. Chabo.