President Museveni, also the Commander-in-Chief tours and commissions Nyoka military conversion facility at Maga maga military barracks in Mayuge District, praises former Internal Affairs Minister, Gen Aronda Nyakairima for the initiative.
“The late Gen Aronda came to me and said, ‘No, let us indigenize this technology; let us take it over because when people in Europe are adopting new fashion, for us here, we are continuing with our Mivumba (second-hand things), you know that’, Mr Museveni said of the plant that manufactures and assembles military Nyoka 4×4 mine and ballistic-protected vehicles.
This project that has been ongoing for the last 6 years consists of the manufacturing and assembling of military Nyoka 4×4 mine and ballistic protected vehicles in Uganda as a cost effective option for urban and rural operations by the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF).
“Africans have slept for the past 500 years. Five hundred years is a long time. I want to thank those (Motorized Infantry) for getting out of sleep as it shows they can now do things on their own, he said.
“These vehicles are made from steel which you have here and very soon a factory in Tororo will be making new steel from iron ore; we shall look into the economies of making iron steel here as opposed to buying from Sweden,” he added.
He thanked Impala Services and Logistics Ltd, a South African company at the helm of the project, for having partnered with the UPDF and for positively using technology to build improved military vehicles.
“I am very grateful to the CEO of Impala, Damian de Lange. He was a cadre of the ANC and joined the South African Army but later retired. His partnering with us is ideological,” he noted.
The Chief of Defense Forces (CDF), Gen David Muhoozi, thanked President Museveni for the guidance on the importance of capacity building and self-reliance. He said that through the project, the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) has acquired knowledge, skills, technological transfer as well as having been able to procure industrial equipment for manufacturing.