UPDF Vows to Strengthen Civil-Military Cooperation in Karamoja Sub-region

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In a concerted effort to promote peace and stability in the Karamoja Sub-region of Uganda, the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) and senior officials have pledged to enhance Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) operations. This commitment was reaffirmed by the 3rd Division Commander, Maj Gen Don Nabasa, who emphasized the crucial role of the UPDF in peace-building endeavors within the sub-region.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of an Induction Course for CIMIC center coordinators held at the Moroto district headquarters, Maj Gen Don Nabasa highlighted that security services constitute the cornerstone of socio-economic transformation. By employing various approaches, including the implementation of CIMIC operations, the UPDF reinforces its unwavering dedication to pacify the Karamoja Sub-region.

Participants at the event included UPDF General and Senior Officers, Resident District Commissioners (RDCs), District Chairpersons, Mayors, representatives from key partners, and members of civil society organizations from across the Karamoja Sub-region. This induction program followed the successful launch of CIMIC coordination centers in September 2023.

During the ceremony, Maj Gen Don William Nabasa commended the joint security operations conducted by key stakeholders, noting the evident positive impact through the prevailing tranquility and ongoing peace-building processes across Karamoja and its neighboring districts.

Addressing the attendees, the Chief of Civil-Military Cooperation (C/CIMIC), Brigadier General Emmanuel Rwashande, emphasized the importance of CIMIC operations in establishing and maintaining strong relationships between the UPDF, local communities, and existing authorities. This is to be achieved through coordination, cooperation, liaison, information sharing, and community support.

Quoting the revolutionary leader and President of Uganda, HE. Yoweri Museveni, Brig Gen Rwashande reiterated;

“The Army is part of the people and people are part of the army. The people cannot be without the army nor can the Army exist without the people.”

He affirmed that the UPDF values its strategic partners, upholds its pro-people stance, derives its strength from the population, and must remain subordinate to civil authorities.

Furthermore, Brig Gen Rwashande emphasized that CIMIC operations would not only improve relations between security forces and communities but also enable the assessment and identification of critical needs of the people. Such needs can then be addressed through the implementation of Quick Impact Projects (QIPs) at the grassroots level.

Capitalizing on the favorable conditions and vibrant media landscape in Uganda, Brig Gen Felix Kulayigye, the Defence Spokesperson, urged participants to actively engage with and utilize media outlets for mobilization, promotion of government programs, and the consolidation of achievements.

Mr. Ambrose Onoria, the RDC for Kotido district and regional whip, recognized the operationalization of CIMIC centers and the induction program’s significance in bridging the gap between security commanders and the community. He expressed his belief that this initiative would foster better understanding and harmony, ultimately leading to the attainment of shared goals.

Honorable Nangiro John, the Chairperson of Nakapiripirit LC 5, lauded the army leadership for revamping CIMIC centers and organizing the induction program. He identified these initiatives as vital for strengthening human security and fostering a positive mindset change.

Concluding the induction program, the General Officers and participants developed resolutions aimed at further enhancing civil-military cooperation and ensuring sustained progress in the Karamoja Sub-region.

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