The President of the Republic of Uganda and Commander-in-Chief of the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Gen Yoweri Museveni has commended Local Defence Unit (LDU) trainees for being a disciplined and trainable force that managed to acquire the basic military skills and knowledge within a short period of time.
President Museveni made the remarks as he officiated at the Pass-Out of LDU trainees of Intake 02/2018-19 at Kaweweta Recruit Training School in Nakaseke District.
President Museveni noted that UPDF managed to defeat rural terrorists like Lord’s Resistance Army, Allied Democratic Front, and eliminated cattle rustling in the Karamoja region but is now left with fighting urban crime.
He, however, observed that some security measures to improve urban insecurity like the installation of security has already taken off. He said that the idea of recruiting LDU trainees to beef up security most especially in the urban areas is an affordable formula in defending the country since it will employ the youth.
He added that very soon it will be impossible to commit any crime in Uganda and you go unpunished since the Army has got the necessary strategic elements which take time to build and should be protected.
“Nobody can bring insecurity to Uganda, we have the capacity to defend ourselves and guard peace,” said the President. The President urged the fresh LDU trainees to serve diligently once deployed and avoid reckless habits like overdrinking and smoking marijuana, saying these are bad habits that weaken ones health and often impair judgement.
He thanked parents for allowing their children to join the fight of stabilising Uganda by serving as LDU trainees for growth to take root. He promised to support the fresh graduands with business skills when they go back to the reserve Force.