Ministry of Defence Warns Against Misuse of Military Attire by Civilians
The Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs in Uganda has issued a press statement expressing concern over the growing trend of civilians wearing military attire, including berets, lanyards, and clothing items that are exclusively designated for members of the security forces.
The ministry emphasizes that such actions are in violation of Section 160 of the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces Act of 2005, which prohibits non-members of the security forces from possessing, selling, or delivering military attire and insignia.
Additionally, the Uganda Gazette issued a notice under General Notice No. 1013 of 2019 on September 18, 2019, explicitly stating that members of the public are strictly prohibited from donning military uniforms, decorations, or any attire closely resembling them.
In light of the increase in individuals wearing military insignia, the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs warns the public once again against engaging in such behavior. The ministry reminds the public that failure to comply with this warning will result in legal action.
The purpose of this statement is to ensure the appropriate use and respect for military attire and symbols. Wearing military clothing by non-military personnel can create confusion, undermine the authority of the security forces, and potentially compromise public safety and national security.
The Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs appeals to the public’s cooperation in adhering to these regulations and showing respect for the military uniform. By doing so, the ministry believes that unity and stability can be maintained within the country.