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Government gazettes Red Berets, Civilians to face life imprisonment sentence for wearing the famous People Power red berets. File Photo

Government gazettes people power Red Berets, civilians caught donned in a red beret to face life imprisonment sentence

Currently, Red Berets are widely known to be People Power Movement attire, a political Pressure Group headed by the Kyadondo East legislator also the People Power leader, Robert Kyagulanyi stage name Bobi Wine.

But news arriving at our desk indicates that government has made a gazette on Red Berets, related to the one worn by People Power supporters.

Minister of Defense and Veteran Affairs, Adolf Mwesigye confirmed the gazette.

Mwesigye says Section 160 of the UPDF Act 2005 indicates that the red beret is part of the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) marks, accessories, insignia, decoration and uniform.

“The public is hereby informed that the marks, accessories, insignia, decoration and uniforms specified in the schedule to this notice, are property of the State or classified stories and anyone found in unlawful possession, selling or dealing in them, shall be prosecuted under the UDF Act of 2005,” Government gazette on red berets reads in part.

The government says it’s illegal for anyone to wear or sell any attire similar to UPDF uniform or its accessories, and if found he/she will be dealt with as the law states.

The gazette also stated a subsequent ban on the sale and use of any beret bearing UPDF colours by civilians because it’s a misleading factor to the public, and if found consequences will be severe.

“It’s is prohibited to wear or use any decoration supplied authorized for use by any member of the Defense Forces or any decoration so nearly resembling a decoration and likely to deceive the public,” Mwesigye said.

UPDF standing orders state that if anyone is to wear insignia, marks, decorations owned by UPDF, he/she must receive permission from the chief of defence forces.

Brig. Richard Karemire, the UPDF Spokesperson in his remarks via his tweeter handle, said that the gazette signifies the commitment to define identity and face outlook of a professional army, in line with the East African Community (EAC) protocols stated.

“The dress code for the UPDF has been gazette and the action was endorsed by the top organs of the army which also commended the dress committee for concluding the task assigned to it years back. This development is a milestone in the long history of the UPDF,” Karemire said.

UPDF Act 2005, Section 119(1) stipulates that every person, not otherwise subject to military law and is found in unlawful possession of equipment ordinarily being the monopoly of the Defense Forces and other classified stories as prescribed, is subject to military law and can be tried in military courts as appropriate.

Punishment to this offence, when convicted, is a life imprisonment sentence.

Lt. Gen Otema Awany, the Reserve Forces Commander, last week issued a warning to crime preventers against wearing red berets, stating that it’s an army reserve.

“I am happy that you are donning white caps and not red berets, because they (red berets) are for the army,” Awany said.