Kasese: Leaders Ask for Basic Military Training to Counter ADF Threat

LDUs training. Kasese leaders want basic training for vigilante groups. PHOTO/COURTESY

Kasese District | THE BLACK EXAMINER | Local leaders in Kasese District are urging the government to reinstate local vigilante groups as a response to the threat posed by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels. They are also requesting basic military training to prepare them for potential confrontations with the enemy in the event of an attack. This plea comes in the wake of a recent incident in which suspected ADF members killed two foreign tourists, their Ugandan tour guide, and torched their vehicle.

These requests stem from a series of previous ADF attacks, including the June assault on Mpondwe-Lhubiriha Secondary School, resulting in the tragic loss of 43 lives, including 37 students. Sunday Peter Kakule, the Nyakiyumbu Sub-county chairperson, believes that reestablishing local vigilante groups is essential due to the vulnerable border areas exploited by ADF rebels for their attacks. He emphasized that during the 1996 ADF insurgencies, these groups served as valuable informants for security forces.

Similarly, Steven Mbera, the Nyakatonzi Sub-county Chairperson, noted the lack of adequate security posts in many sub-counties. Gregory Limbo, the Bwera Sub-county Chairperson, proposes that these groups collaborate with the police to enhance nighttime security. He also recommends that security forces work closely with community leaders to raise awareness and equip the public with tools like whistles for sounding alarms during attacks.

While State Minister for Information and ICT, Godfrey Kabyanga, supports the idea, he suggests these groups could initially serve as intelligence agents without bearing arms, emphasizing the strength of the army in handling insurgencies.

Kasese Resident District Commissioner Lt Joe Walusimbi warns against politicizing the security situation in the area and requests LC III leaders to provide monthly reports from local meetings to assist in compiling national security reports.

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