President Museveni awarded 6,238 members of the Local Defence Unit (LDU) who completed a 16-week basic military and tactical training course at the Kaweweta Military Training School in Nakaseke District over the weekend.
Last October, the recruits were chosen from the districts of Wakiso, Mukono, and Kampala.
The program had 6,340 trainees, 676 females and 5,664 males, according to Ms Lindah Nabusayi, the senior presidential press secretary, however 102 did not complete the exercise.
Mr Museveni urged the LDUs and the entire UPDF against engaging in reckless behavior that could jeopardize their health.
“The future will be bright once you are fit and follow the army’s regulations,” President Museveni stated.
According to military sources, the newly discharged LDU men were allowed only seven days to recharge before being assigned to the insecure Karamoja Sub-region.
“Last week, the 3rd Division high management in Moroto District filed a complaint with the Office of the Chief of Defence Forces about a manpower shortage, and they were not given the manpower,” the source added.
Brig Felix Kulayigye, the defence spokeswoman, had not reacted on the deployment issue by press time, but pointed us to Ms Nabusayi’s Twitter handle for further information.
The disarmament effort aiming at recovering illegal guns from the Karamoja community was extended for another three months last November by the joint security forces.
Brig Gen Joseph Balikudembe is in charge of the exercise, which is dubbed “Usalama Kwa Wote,” which loosely translates to “Peace for All.”
The initial part of the operation, which began in July of last year, recovered 105 firearms and 7,726 animals, according to UPDF documents.
The animals were returned to their owners, and around 350 individuals were found guilty and sentenced.