A high-powered delegation from the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF), led by Maj Gen Henry Masiko, Chief Political Commissar, is currently on a week-long visit to the Algerian Military Museum.
The purpose of the visit is to gain insights and best practices that can be applied as the UPDF works towards establishing a national military museum in Katonga, Mpigi District.
The delegation, which includes Maj. Gen. Moses Rwakitarate, Brig. Sam Omara (UPDF defence advisor to Algeria), and Maj. Maruti (UPDF National Military Museum coordinator), aims to study and benchmark the management practices of the Algerian Military Museum.
This initiative is a follow-up on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Algeria and Uganda, established after President Yoweri Museveni’s visit to Algeria in March 2023.
During their stay in Algeria, the delegation met with the director of the Central Museum of the National People’s Army, who provided insights into the history of the Algerian Military Museum.
The UPDF has been on a journey to establish a national military museum since 2020, with President Museveni laying the foundation stone on December 20, 2020. However, progress has been hindered by funding constraints. In July of the previous year, a UPDF team traveled to South Africa to benchmark the establishment of a museum.
According to a statement from the Ugandan High Commission in Pretoria, the delegation, led by Brig. Gen. Matsiko, was received by Maj. Gen Fred Tolit, the defence advisor at the Uganda High Commission in Pretoria. The benchmarking exercise in South Africa aimed to gain knowledge from the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) on building and running military museums.
The goal is to apply this knowledge as Uganda moves into the implementation phase of its first Military Museum at Katonga. The exercise is seen as crucial in strengthening military-to-military cooperation and historical bilateral ties between Uganda and South Africa.