Nobody can bring insecurity to Uganda, Museveni says as he passes out LDUs
SECURITY | President Museveni has reiterated his confidence in the ability of Uganda’s security agencies to safeguard the country’s borders against an forms of insecurity.
Museveni, who was officiating at the pass-out of Local Defence Unit (LDU) trainees of at Kaweweta Recruit Training School in Nakaseke District, the national army, UPDF, has defeated terrorists before.
“Nobody can bring insecurity to Uganda, we have the capacity to defend ourselves and guard peace,” said the president.
The Commander-in-Chief commended LDU trainees for being a disciplined and trainable force that managed to acquire the basic military skills and knowledge within a short period of time.
President Museveni noted that UPDF managed to defeat rural terrorists like Lord’s Resistance Army, Allied Democratic Front, and eliminated cattle rustling in the Karamoja region but is now left with fighting urban crime.
He, however, observed that some security measures to combat urban insecurity like the installation of security has already taken off. He said that the idea of recruiting LDU trainees to beef up security most especially in the urban areas is an affordable formula in defending the country since it will employ the youth.
In August last year, President Museveni ordered for the UPDF to call up up to 24,000 reservists and LDU personnel to boost Police’s effort to combat crime in urban centres — mainly Kampala and Wakiso District.
And, passing out 6239 of the recruits, Museveni said soon it will be impossible to commit any crime in Uganda and you go unpunished since the army has got the necessary strategic elements which take time to build and should be protected.
The president urged the fresh LDU trainees to serve diligently once deployed and avoid reckless habits like over-drinking and smoking marijuana, saying these are bad habits that weaken ones health and often impair judgement.
He thanked parents for allowing their children to join the fight of stabilising Uganda by serving as LDU trainees for growth to take root. He promised to support the fresh graduands with business skills when they go back to the reserve Force.
The Chief of Defence Forces, Gen David Muhoozi, thanked President Museveni for his unwavering guidance in stabilising Uganda. He noted that the LDU trainees will work with other security forces to fight urban crime, which has already significantly reduced.
“The Army’s involvement in fighting urban crime has already disproved pessimists since the vice has declined,” said Gen Muhoozi.
The Commandant of the Training School, Brig Charles M Byaruhanga, commended the UPDF leadership for all the support towards training the LDU trainees and urged the graduands to put the mission before personal needs for the country to remain stable.
Of the 6,239 LDUs were passed-out on Friday, 485 are female. The best overall student was Swalley Sekizivu, best in range shooting was Denis Ochen, while the best female student was Christine Namukisa.
They received gifts from the school in recognition of their excellent performance.