UPDF recruits LDUs for KASESE

Two years after the deadly clashes that claimed more than 120 lives and the disintegration of the Rwenzururu kingdom, the Uganda Defence Forces (UPDF) has recruited Local Defence Unit (LDU) personnel to oversee security in the mountainous district.

For four months, the UPDF has been training 1,917 LDUs at Hima military training school in Kasese district.

They were passed out on Saturday by the Commander of Land Forces (CLF) Maj Gen Peter Elwelu, the man who commanded the November 2016 onslaught on the Rwenzururu kingdom to breakup the uprising that threatened security in the Western Uganda district.

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 like was the case in Northern and Eastern Uganda where the army worked with auxiliary forces such as Amuka boys in Lango and Acholi, Arrow boys in Teso and Frontier guards in Kitgum district.

Passing out the LDUs, Elwelu emphasised that security, protection of civilians and their properties are the top priorities for the Army.

He congratulated the trainees for completing the four months training successfully and officially welcomed them to the UPDF and placed them under the director of Auxiliary Forces.

“You should be prepared for the tasks ahead and keep the areas peaceful wherever you are deployed,” Elwelu said.
Being natives of the area, Elwelu asked the LDUs to help work closely with the communities in order to be able to arrest wrong elements before firing the first bullet.

Maj Gen Peter Elwelu addressing the LDUs

He said the country was still grappling with the challenge of negative forces in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) who want to destabilise Uganda’s peace but hastened to add that they were being monitored and will 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 Pan Africanism” Gen Elwelu said.

The Chief of training and recruitment, Brig Willis Byarugaba 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 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 disease HIV/AIDS sinceit has got no cure yet.