The Chief of Staff Land Forces Gen Leopold Eric Kyanda has strongly warned the Local Defence Forces (LDF) that there is no room for criminals and mistakes in the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces.
Gen Kyanda issued tough warnings while lecturing LDUS who are undergoing a refresher Course at First Division Headquarters in Kakiri Wakiso Districts.
President Museveni recently instructed Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) Gen David Muhoozi to take back LDUS for refresher courses after several complaints of brutality, murder, torture among others were raised from the public.
LDUS are also expected to help security in protecting peace and stability ahead of 2021 general elections.
Gen Kyanda while lecturing the LDUS said, “In the UPDF, we have no space for any form of indiscipline; there is no amount of indiscipline that is small to us. A mere abusive language or annoying gesture to the civilians is too grave an act to do. You must work towards correcting these mistakes as you conduct your operations,” he said.
He further told the LDFs “You are part of the UPDF and members of the larger national security structure of our country. You must therefore measure to the expected disciplinary standards.” Sounded Kyanda.
Gen Kyanda encouraged the LDFs to pay attention during every lesson delivered to them because the training materials are interlinked, beneficial in corporation
“This is a very important course necessary for your ideological growth, prime necessity in your carrier in the UPDF. It is important that you grasp every bit of the lessons taught because it will help you today and in the far future, not only as members working in the UPDF but also great citizens of this country,” he added.
He further revealed to LDUS that the course is intended to inculcate and uphold the time-tested UPDF ideology of a Pro-People Force
Gen Kyanda thanked the LDFs for the commendable work they have done in fighting criminality in Kampala metropolitan policing area despite a few isolated cases of indiscipline that he referred to as very grave act against the good image of the UPDF.
Other General Officers who have already lectured to the LDFs are the Deputy Commander Reserve Forces, Maj Gen Stephen Rwabantu, the UPDF Chief Political Commissar, Maj Gen Henry Matsiko and the newly appointed Defence Spokesperson Brig.Gen Flavia Byekwaso.
The Deputy Commander Land Forces, Maj Gen Sam Kavuma opened the course two weeks ago.