The Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) has passed out 164 graduates of military police at Military Police Training School (MPTS) Masindi after completion of a four month training aimed at equipping the trainees with knowledge on how to implement, supervise, enforce lawful orders and maintain general military discipline.
The pass out ceremony was presided over by the UPDF Chief of Training and Recruitment, Brig General Christopher Bbosa.
According to UPDF, the training which started on the October 5, 2020, also aims at familiarizing the trainees with basic military roles like emphasizing Military drills, Military ceremonies within regiments, Units and squadron and re-emphasizing the pro-people stance of the UPDF, among others.
Bbosa congratulated the graduates and told them that the course they had just completed bridges their previous and future career progression.
He noted that Uganda has attained peace and stability, thanks to the tireless efforts of the UPDF supported by other security agencies and the peace-loving Ugandans, however much the country and Africa at large continues to face new challenges in the ever changing current operational environment.
He urged the graduands to venture in research, continuous reading and further training so as to develop individual and collective diverse competences to handle unique encounters.
“The skill demonstrations are a testimony that the trainees have been given a good foundation on which they can build on and such training speaks loudly to the continued professionalization drive in the UPDF,” he added.
Bbosa noted that a lot has gone on in the UPDF in terms of force generation and skills plus proficiencies development, and cautioned the Militants to remain healthy so that they are capable of undergoing further training to match technological advancements.
“Hardware and software are key in force generation but we also need smart, healthy people,” he said.
The Commandant Military Police Training School Lt Col Amon B Kagina also congratulated the graduands and advised them to enforce discipline within UPDF Units, Regiments/Squadrons.
He appealed to the graduands to go out to their Units, Regiments and Squadrons unlock and put into use what they have been taught while undergoing the short but intensive course, “and the rest will be history.”
“Never underestimate your potential while executing assigned tasks, however, be confident but humble while you serve your Country Uganda,” said the Commandant.
Adding: “The commitment and accomplishment of every assigned task is derived from training and self-willingness to achieve the positive results which you were ably given in full dose. To accomplish this, good health, consciousness about any negative behavior like drunkenness, avoidable diseases such as COVID-19, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B and drug addiction should be desisted from, as these shall form the integrated platform upon which good performance and promotion shall be based.”
Kagina expressed his appreciation to the UPDF leadership for the support rendered during the Course of the training and that the knowledge imparted to the troops measures up to the expectations of the UPDF Leadership in general.
The L.C 1 of Masindi District Francis Turyatega commended the determination of the newly passed out Regimental Police Militants and asked them to carry on the mantle of the revolution that was started by their predecessors in the liberation struggle of the country.
The function was attended by the Commandant 101 Artillery Brig Gen Dan Kakono, Deputy Commandant MPTS Lt Col Gai Mpadwa, Chief Instructor Kabalye Police Training School SP Otoro Roman Japhet and other UPDF Senior, Junior Officers, religious leaders and local leaders.