LDU personnel cautioned against misuse of guns

LDU personnel cautioned against misuse of guns
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By Fahad Masereka

Local Defence Unit personnel  have been warned to be careful on how to to use their firearms.

The Rwenzori sub-region has in the recent past undergone a series of attacks launched by the Allied Democratic Forces terrorists which have left many dead.

President Museveni recently directed for the reactivation of the Local Defense structures in areas that have most been hit.

Currently,  620 local defense unit personnel  from Bunyangabu and Kamwenge districts are undergoing a two months rigorous training at Hima training school in Kasese district.

As they get closer to the competition of their course, the Minister of State for gender Peace Mutuuzo paid a courtesy visit to the group in Hima.

While addressing them, Minister Mutuuzo sensitized them on the importance of responsible use of firearms.

She emphasized the critical importance of adhering to the rules and regulations governing the use of firearms, and the inherent responsibility that comes with carrying such weapons highlighting the need for empathy, compassion, and understanding in their interactions with the community members

She emphasized that the primary role of LDUs is to protect and serve, not to instill fear or misuse their authority.

She noted the need for the new force to support existing security personnel in the relentless fight against terrorism and criminality.

Minister Mutuuzo also  advocated for the potential integration of these local defense units into the UPDF when deemed necessary.

During the courtesy visit, Lt Col Frank Kaweru, the Commandant of Hima training school, commended the discipline exhibited by the recruits.

He expressed optimism that maintaining such discipline will be crucial for their future success in serving and protecting their communities.

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