I was Misquoted on Migingo Island – Uganda Police Boss

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Uganda Police Spokesperson AIGP Kaweesi told this website earlier today that the reports carried that the special Forces Command was taking charge of Migingo Islands by the media were fueling tension and were bound to breed bad blood between Uganda and Kenya. He noted that the police only transferred police officers after reports that the ones on the island had developed indiscipline.

Uganda Police Spokesperson AIGP Kaweesi told this site earlier today that the reports carried that the special Forces Command was taking charge of Migingo Islands by the media were fueling tension and were bound to breed bad blood between Uganda and Kenya. He noted that the police only transferred police officers after reports that the ones on the island had developed indiscipline.

“I told Journalists on Monday that we had changed our police which was deployed at Migingo Islands because the officers who were there had become indisciplined to which we took there other people. And this means that law and order will be maintained by Uganda Police in partnership with our Kenyan counterparts. The marine brigade of UPDF will only be in charge of activities carried out on water. The news published that SFC had taken  charge has brought tension on the Island and it has been interpreted as if there we are preparing to wage war on Kenya which is not true,” AIGP Felix Kaweesi Police Spokesman.

Kaweesi added that police has not been withdrawn from the island since it will be handing law breaking cases. He however noted that the marines’ brigade unit of UPDF will be in charge of all case related to water such as fishing.

SFC spokesperson Maj Chris Magezi, is reported to have previously said that SFC was only going to be part of the UPDF marine force that shall be deployed on all Ugandan national waters to combat illegal fishing as directed by President Museveni while in Masindi on NRM Liberation Day and recently in Apac District.

Adding that the directive of the president was being misinterpreted by the media.

This one-acre island is part of the troika of islands known as Migingo that has been at the centre of a boundary dispute between Uganda and Kenya.

The dispute flared in 2008 after then Kenyan leader Mwai Kibaki demanded that Uganda leaves.

A joint border demarcation team set up by the two countries in 2009 has since failed to resolve the dispute. Security on the island has been overseen by Uganda with a small presence of Kenya police.

Uganda’s claim to the island is based on the provisions of the Uganda Constitution and the 1926 British Order in Council that demarcated the boundary.

Kenya’s on the other hand is based on the 1926 British Order in Council and mostly sentimental reasons, among which is the islands are nearer to Kenya than Uganda and that the occupants are Luo of Kenya.

Kaweesi added that;

“UPDF was given a mandate to take charge of illigal fishing on our lakes and they will be led by a former SFC commando called Nuwagaba. However it is not SFC that will be doing the mandate but rather UPDF marine brigade. This doesnt mean that police will leave the Island as media had reported.”

UPDF RANKED 16 IN MILITARY MIGHT IN AFRICA

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The Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) has been ranked 16 of the 30 African countries that qualified for the world rankings.ams-soldier

In a new report released by the Global Fire Power GFP 2016 considering over 50 factors to determine a given nation’s power index score, Uganda has been ranked behind Kenya and Sudan.

According to the report, the factors were set in parameters that allowoed smaller, yet technologically advanced power to compete with larger lesser developed ones.

A soldier from the Uganda People's Defence Force (UPDF) engages in weapons training at the Singo training facility in Kakola, Uganda Monday, April 30, 2012. The camp provides different training courses run by the U.S. Marines and also by instructors contracted by the U.S. State Department under the Africa Contingency Operations Training & Assistance (ACOTA) programme, both aimed to better prepare Ugandan soldiers heading to Somalia as part of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) peacekeeping operation. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

A soldier from the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) engages in weapons training at the Singo training facility in Kakola, Uganda Monday, April 30, 2012. The camp provides different training courses run by the U.S. Marines and also by instructors contracted by the U.S. State Department under the Africa Contingency Operations Training & Assistance (ACOTA) programme, both aimed to better prepare Ugandan soldiers heading to Somalia as part of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) peacekeeping operation. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

ARMYtroops-650x468During the study according to the report, 126 countries globally were ranked with the United States of America topping the list followed by Russia, China, India, France and United Kingdom respectively, modifiers in form of bonuses and penalties were considered in the final refinement.updf in sudan-mt-20140124-222734

Uganda ranked 92 in the whole world in the military might though we cannot conclusively say they considered all the issues since security matters are usually taken in high regard.

This ranking according to the report did not simply rely on the number of weapons available to any country but on weapon diversity.

Among the factors considered, geographical factors, logistical flexibility, natural resources and local industry influenced the final findings. Nuclear weapons were not considered though countries with such weapons were given bonuses.mi17_011

Political or military leadership was not considered as well as land locked countries were not penalized for not having NAVY though Naval powers have been penalized for lack of diversity in their available assets.

NATO allies received some bonuses because of sharing of resources theoretically.

For more information >>> http://www.globalfirepower.com/countries-listing-africa.aspCapture

QUICK FACTS ABOUT TH MOST POWERFUL WOMAN ON GLOBE

Germany’s Chancellor has a fascinating past

Angela Merkel is the most powerful woman in the world, the leader of the country that drives the European economy, and may help determine the fate of the greatest refugee crisis since World War II. She’s also a soccer-loving scientist who is reportedly afraid of dogs. Here are some of the things you didn’t know about 2015’s Person of the Year;

China's Premier Li Keqiang and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) inspect honour guards during a welcoming ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, October 29, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Lee - RTX1TQH5

China’s Premier Li Keqiang and Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) inspect honour guards during a welcoming ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, October 29, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Lee

  • Her Name

Angela Merkel grew up Angela Kasner, and her father’s family is partly of Polish descent. Merkel is the name of her first husband, a fellow physics student whom she married in 1977 and divorced four years later, according to a profile in the New Yorker.

  • Her Childhood

    THE CDU SCANDAL: ANGELA MARKEL ARCHIVES. --- Image by © Ossenbrink Media Group/Sygma/Corbis

    THE CDU SCANDAL: ANGELA MARKEL ARCHIVES.Image by © Ossenbrink Media Group

Merkel’s father was an official in the Lutheran church. He moved the family from West Germany to Soviet-controlled East Germany shortly after Angela was born, even as thousands of others were fleeing the other way. Merkel’s disciplined and cautious approach to politics is often credited to her East German upbringing.

  • Her Aversion to Risk

As a nine-year-old in gym class, Angela once stood paralyzed at the top of a diving board for 45 minutes before finally deciding to jump in the pool right before class ended.

  • Her Side Gig

Merkel worked as a bartender at disco parties in college.

  • Her Science Chops

She has a degree in physics and a doctorate in quantum chemistry, and some say her success as a politician comes from her scientific, analytic approach to situations. She went on to work as a research scientist, as the only woman in the theoretical chemistry section at the East German Academy of Sciences.

  • Her Smart Mo

At the end of the 1970s, Merkel applied for an assistant professor position at an engineering school and was asked to join the Stasi (East German secret police.) She says she refused, claiming that she would make a bad spy because she was too much of a blabbermouth. She didn’t get the job. Had she joined, a future career in German politics would have been impossible, according to a profile in Bloomberg BusinessWeek. For some politicians in a reunified Germany, any past association with the Stasi would soon be considered politically poisonous, and many were forced to resign when past links were discovered.

  • Her Quarter-Life Crisis

After Merkel divorced her first husband, she lived like a squatter in an illegal apartment near the Friedrichstrasse train station. On her 30th birthday, her father came to visit, telling her, “You haven’t gotten very far.”

  • Her Discipline

On the night the Berlin wall fell, in November 1989, 35-year-old Merkel visited a sauna. Afterward, she wandered across the border to celebrate briefly with strangers, drank one beer, then went immediately home so she wouldn’t be tired for work the next day. Almost everyone else in Germany was out all night long.

  • Her Husband

Her husband Joachim Sauer, a professor at Berlin University, dislikes publicity so much he didn’t even show up to Merkel’s 2005 inauguration as Chancellor. He has also been known to fly budget airlines even when he is allowed to travel with Merkel on official planes. They love seeing opera and hiking together. Thanks to his interest in opera and avoidance of the spotlight, the German media have nicknamed Sauer, “the Phantom of the Opera.”

  • Her Secret Talent

Merkel is reportedly a very good cook, makes a mean plum cake, and has been spotted shopping for groceries at regular supermarkets where she pays in cash. She told former Nigerian President Good luck Jonathan that she makes breakfast for her husband every morning.

  • Her Secret Fear

She is afraid of dogs after she was bitten by one in 1995, and Vladimir Putin has repeatedly used his pet dogs to try to intimidate Merkel, according to numerous press reports cited by Foreign Policy.

  • Her Love of Soccer

Merkel frequently visits the German soccer team’s locker rooms to congratulate them after a win, and once saw star player Bastian Schweinsteiger naked by accident.