Lt Gen Nakibus Lakara has been applauded for building capacity at the Uganda Rapid Deployment Capacity Centre( URDCC) in terms of resources, infrastructure, personnel and training during his two years of service as the Commandant of the centre.
This was revealed by the Chief of Defence Forces Gen David Muhozi while officiating at the hand over and take over ceremony between the out going Commandant URDCC Lt Gen Nakibus Lakara and in coming Comdt Maj Gen Paul Lokech at the URDCC Headquarters in Jinja Gadaffi Barracks.
“Gen Lakara has achieved a good environment at URDCC for the new Commandant”. Said Gen Muhozi.
URDCC is an active centre now that portrays the image of UPDF. The CDF was impressed by the way Lt Gen Lakara handled diplomatic partners at URDCC such as the UK government and US government without any hitches.
This resulted into the donation of equipment to URDCC like the Communication House by the US government, Computers by the UK government and other strategic assets. “URDCC is now a competitive area due to the outstanding performance of Lt Gen Lakara”. Gen Muhoozi added.
He pledged competencies that can match UN Standards and thus the need for intergrated capabilities like Medical, Airforce, Engineers and Legal services.
Gen Muhoozi said that URDCC was started in the complex of developing African Peace Keeping Forces such as East African Stand by Force (EASF), AMISOM, IGAD , ECOWAS, among others. It was a joint effort between the Uganda government and the UK government. It is operating in a spaced way of Jinja and Singo where by Jinja is a planning centre while Singo is a training ground.
In his report, Lt Gen Lakara informed the CDF and other witnesses in the hand over, that they have conducted various Chemical and Biological trainings, Engineering, Peace Support Operations, Military Information Support Operations and medical at URDCC and conducted various trainings overseas like Command Post Exercise Justified Accord 2, hazardarous material handling and Coperative training among others.
He thanked the Commander in Chief for the trust and support that enabled him play a smooth leadership role.
Gen Lakara heads to Somalia as Deputy Force Commander incharge of Operations.