The mandate of the Ministry of Defence is derived from the Constitution of Republic of Uganda 1995 (as amended). In accordance with Articles 208 and 209, the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) is established and mandated to carry out the following functions: Defend and protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Uganda, ensuring non-violability of peoples and individual rights, the rule of law and good governance. Cooperate with civilian authorities in emergence situations and in cases of natural disasters Foster harmony and understanding between Defence forces and civilians. Engage in productive activities for Natural Development.
To defend and protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Uganda, and the Constitution that encapsulates people's sovereignty through popular will.
Transform the Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) into a modern , professional, efficient and accountable Force anchored on a strong civil-military partnership.