The Uganda Peoples Defense Forces – UPDF has started refreseher courses for the Local Defense unit Personnel.
The courses, launched by the Deputy Commander Land Forces, Maj Gen Sam Kavuma, follows increased violations of people’s rights by the LDUs across the country.
The training of Local Defence Unit Personnel started with those of Lubaga Battalion. The launch took place today at Kakiri Barracks where all the personnel of the 10 Battalions of the LDUs operating in Kampala Metropolitan Policing (KMP) Area will undergo weeks of the refresher course.
Kavuma noted that much as there are significant achievements registered, in all societies there are usually a handful of LDU personnel who fall short of the required standards.
“Nevertheless, over 99% of the LDUs are doing a great job. The few who fell short of the operational standards have been charged in the court as per the laws .”He told the trainees,”The army you joined a year or months ago has got a history.
He also urged the trainees to take the training seriously so as to enhance on their professional journey in line with the acceptable ideology of the NRA/UPDF.
Gen Kavuma stressed that all special operations are backed by the mission training and so the current training is a routine in the UPDF. “This training was overdue but we first had to respond to an emergency situation of COVID-19,” he said.
The training will be conducted by the UPDF and Uganda Police Force instructors. The training program include political education, civil policing, Law and the role of media in military operations among others.The opening ceremony was also attended by Maj Gen Sam Kawaga the Commander of infantry Division and other Senior Officers
Last month, LDU officers arrested Mityana District Chairperson Joseph Luzige. He was reportedly asking the officers not to violate people’s rights.
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