By Kampala Post Reporter
KASESE. The UPDF Commander of Land Forces (CLF) Maj Gen Peter Elwelu has told the people of Kasese and western region in general that the Uganda Peoples' Defence Forces (UPDF) are very determined to keep the country peaceful from both internal and foreign disturbances of any kind.
According to Maj Gen Elwelu, security, protection of civilians and their property are the top priorities for the Army.
The CLF was the Chief Guest on Saturday at the pass out ceremony of 1,917 Local Defence Unit (LDU) personnel who have been undergoing vigorous basic military training for four months since the 3rd of March 2018 at Hima, Kasese District.
He congratulated the trainees for completing the training successfully and officially welcomed them into the UPDF family. He added that the LDUs will be working under the Director of Auxiliary Forces.
The General told the trainees that serving as a UPDF soldier or an LDU was no luxury but a sacrifice.
"You should be prepared for the tasks ahead and keep the areas peaceful wherever you are deployed," he said.
LDUs being natives of the areas are asked to help work closely with the communities.
Maj Gen Elwelu informed the gathering that there are negative forces in Eastern DRC who want to come and destabilize the peace Ugandans are enjoying but was quick to add that they were being monitored and would be dealt with accordingly.
"UPDF has been in Central Africa Republic, DRC, Sudan and Somalia for the sake of peace and helping out our brothers and sisters achieve peace in the spirit of PanAfricanism," Gen Elwelu said.
The CLF later gave out awards to the best performing students, with best overall trainee being Pte Kiiza Jackson, best in the field was Pte Mulekye Arthur while the best in discipline was Pte Lekua Bridget.
The Chief of Training and Recruitment, Brig Willis Byarugaba thanked the commandant of the school for a job well done and thanked the community for the good cooperation. He cautioned the newly passed out LDUs against causing insecurity but instead promote security wherever they will be deployed.
Brig Kayanja Muhanga the 2nd Division commander said the whole of the western region was now peaceful and with the newly passed out LDUs, the security was going to be strengthened further.
The commandant Hima military training school, Col. Jonathan Ochom told the newly passed out LDUs to maintain good discipline and also protect themselves from the deadly HIV/AIDS disease since it has got no cure yet.
The LDUs were recruited from all districts of western Uganda and will work closely with the UPDF. Their main task will be to augment local security as UPDF deals with major operations. This was the second intake of LDUs, the first having been passed out in 2011 at the same training school.
The Army says that LDUs have done a commendable job in the different parts of the country alongside UPDF in stabilising the country.