By Ronald Nahabwe
Entebbe: The Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) has passed out 142 Military Police officers who will be charged with quelling riots during the 2021 general election.
This revelation was made Thursday by the UPDF Chief of Training and Recruitment Brig. Gen. James Kinarwa, while passing out the 142 Military Police soldiers.
Brig. Gen. Kinalwa told friends and family members who had attended the ceremony that all security agencies are getting ready to crash some people who received external funding to destabilize Uganda during the 2021 general elections.
He assured the detractors that security organs play a big role in the stability of any country so they can’t let politicians misguide the people and make them lose focus about the developmental issues which will put Uganda to another level.
Kinalwa said that “We have information that some unpatriotic people want to overthrow this government through electoral violence. As security we are ready. We want every Ugandan who is mature to participate in elections without any interference.”
The passed out soldiers have been on a one-month Public Order Management Course held at the Institute of Security and Intelligence Studies in Garuga – Entebbe.
Kinalwa advised commandos to use the acquired Knowledge and skills in making their work easy and efficient.
“Unless you behave in a professional way, you are most likely to make mistakes. You need to use the knowledge acquired to handle provocations,” he said.
He urged the leadership of Military Police to maintain the spirit of training its soldiers since Military Police has got a wide range of tasks which require several training disciplines.
Brig. Kinalwa thanked the Commandant Military Police, Special Forces Command (SFC), Internal Security Organisation (ISO) and Police for their selfless support during the training and further pledged his full support to Military Police training programs.
The Commandant Military Police Brig. Gen. William Bainomugisha said that “The training was aimed at sharpening soldiers on their day to day activities.”
He added “This training will help us in achieving our mission and supporting the Civil Police when called upon.”
ACP Sam Omara, represented the Commandant Field Force Unit.
In his remarks, he said that police works together with Military Police in fulfilling the constitutional mandate of cooperating with other security forces in maintaining peace within in the country.
The trainees were equipped with skills in Public Order Management, VIP protection, Motorcade drills, Humanitarian Law, Political Education among others.