President Museveni has cautioned natives in areas neighboring army land to stay away from it.
The president made the remarks while passing Local Defense Personnel (LDPs) at Kaweweta Recruit Training School, in Nakaseke District on Saturday 9th April 2022.
The president took a moment to caution all illegal occupants on army land to stay away from it.
“I am the one who told the army to come here because I was here fighting. I know the land myself. This land belonged to the Union,” he said.
He passed out 6237 LDP’s of which 947 were female. In his address, President Museveni said that Local Defence Personnel are trained to remain in the reserve forces as they retain their original jobs.
He however, he said that many if not all LDPs, that were passed out will soon be recruited in the army.
“It seems you will be LDPs for a short time because we want to recruit you in the army,” he said amidst a big applaud from the recruits.
He asked the LDPs to maintain discipline and avoid behaviours like alcoholism and womanizing which could jeopardize their health.
“Once you keep your health, follow regulations of the army, train, then the future will be very bright,” he said.
He also encouraged all commanders of units and formations to continue building the capacities of all soldiers so that they build a professional force.
The President thanked the UPDF leadership for the effort they put in keeping the army training institutions of Kaweweta, Singo, Kabamba and others in order, creating a conducive environment for trainees.
The Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs Hon. Vicent Bamulangaki thanked the President and noted that his strategies to build the UPDF was a major reason that contributed to the successful pass out of the LDP’s.
The recruits went through tactical physical training; drills, obstacle crossing, range shooting, ambush shooting, ground order and terrain model, among others.
The pass out was also attended by the Chief of Defence Forces Gen Wilson Mbadi, UPDF Joint Chief of Staff Maj Gen Leopold Kyanda, Lt Gen Proscovia Nalweyiso, area MPs, UPDF Officers and Militants, and local leaders.