ARMOURED VEHICLES: TUPSA AMONG POTENTIAL BUYERS TO VISIT NEC-STREIT FACTORY IN NAKASONGOLA DISTRICT
By Goodluck Musinguzi
The Uganda Private Security Association (TUPSA) delegation is among the first potential customers who have shown interest in armoured vehicles made in Uganda by the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces in the Nakasongola district.
The manufacturing plant was established by UPDF’s business arm, the National Enterprise Corporation in partnership with STREIT, a world-class armoured vehicle manufacturing company headquartered in the United Arab Emirates.
Grace Matsiko, the Chairman of TUPSA led representatives of close to 400 companies which have been registered to offer private security services in Uganda.
“To all Private Security Organisation Directors who made it to Nakasongola today, you play a great role in the National Security of Uganda. Therefore acquiring the latest armoured vehicles will improve our services to the people”, said Matsiko
The delegation looked at the money bullions, troop carriers, VIP protection cars, Sport Utility Vehicles for Very Important Persons (VIPs) and Commercially Important Persons (CIPs) and armoured boats which can be used to secure cargo on lakes.
Hon Vincent Ssempijja, Uganda’s Minister of Defence thanked the Private Security Companies for showing interest in Uganda’s armoured vehicles.
“I have a lot of requests from companies and individuals who want to import armoured cars in Uganda. I will write back advising them to support our factory that is based here. If you buy in Uganda there is no need for a licence or permission from me,” said Hon Ssempijja.
Lt Gen James Mugira, the Chief Executive Director of NEC while briefing the delegation on Thursday said their visit offered an opportunity to interact and know the services that NEC can offer.
He asked the representatives of the United Nations and the foreign countries present to send the message about Uganda’s ability to make efficient and high-performance armoured vehicles to the outside world.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni speaking during the commissioning of the second armoured vehicle factory for Uganda in Nakasongola asked the UPDF and other Ugandan security agencies to substitute buying foreign-made equipment by buying from Nakasongola.
He also advised NEC to look for markets for their products in the neighbouring counties in the region.