President Yoweri Museveni has vowed to make Karamoja cattle rustlers re-emerged in the region to lose appetite for the gun by building and equipping a stronger guard force at Labwordong in Agago district.
Museveni made these remarks while passing out of 2610 Local Defence Unit Personnel intake who have been undergoing training at the Labwordwong Training School in Agago district.
We had removed the fifth division for training and they took advantage of that. But now we have brought it back. It will help make the rustlers lose appetite for the gun, he said.
Museveni, who is also the Commander in Chief of the UPDF had earlier braved a heavy down pour to witness the field craft and shooting range demonstrations by the new recruits before inspecting a guard of honour and a match past by the new recruits.
I am very happy to come here in Labwordong. I was here long time ago when fight Karimojong. I thank you for remembering to turn it into training wing. I am also happy that the leaders here and elders gave land to the army to train.
We shall compensate you for the land donot worry. We need to use the land for training. The training security wing here; its good for the army and its also good for security, he said.
According to president Museveni , the school now needs a guard force since it has a big number of trainers.
One you have got a big number of people here, those who disturb security will not come. We need a guard force to contribute to security of this area. It will also contribute to the economy of the area, he said.
Museveni also commended the army leadership for putting the training school here and pledged to support the facility in the construction of new classrooms, instructors houses and improving the shooting range.
According to the Labwordong Training School Commandant Lt. Col. George Stephen Eyoku, the 2657 trainees including 516 females were voluntarily mobilized by the national recruitment team of the UPDF in October 2021 for 24 weeks although some failed to finish the course.
He also added that their objective is to train young energetic Ugandans with values, norms and ideological orientation of the national army.
The development of character mentally and physically is key. They are trained to serve their country diligently. The army wants a fit you rather than a sick you, he added.
Cattle rustlers have for the past few years resumed their activities in Karamoja region in which they have also shot dead several people including UPDF soldiers and police officers in a bid to steal cattle and robbing guns from the killed security personnel that they use to terrorist locals.