DATE:  Sat Oct 16, 2021 6:50 am

      Uganda   Peoples'   Defence   Forces

UPDF Awards and Recognitions

The UPDF protects Uganda's interests at home and abroad, providing a safe and secure environment in which all Ugandan citizens can live and prosper.


The Luwero triangle medal is awarded to anyone who was in the armed struggle between 1981 and 1986.


Civilians who participated closely with the armed freedom fighters during the struggles against dictatorship also qualify for the award.

The Damu Medal

Awarded to any member of the military who was or is wounded in action against the enemy; With an opposing armed or hostile force of a foreign country; While serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in armed conflict against an opposing force in which Uganda is not a belligerent party; As a result on an act of any such enemy or opposing armed force; As a result of any military operations while serving outside the territory of Uganda as a party of a peace- keeping force; As a result of terrorist attacks against Uganda; As a result of injury by the enemy while taken as prisoner of war; As a result of a military operation during the liberation struggles.

All officers' men and women killed in action during the liberation struggles shall qualify for the Damu Medal.

Damu is Kiswahili for Blood and it was so named to represent the blood so shed by the wounded and killed in action for their country Uganda.

The Damu Medal


The Masaba star

The fourth highest military decoration.

Awarded to a person under the same circumstances described as the Kabalega Medal, but is not as conspicuous.

The Masaba medal is named after Mt Elgon whose local name is Masaba. Its one of the Key physical features of Uganda.

The Masaba star