About 6,000 Local Defence Unit (LDU) recruits will on Friday be passed out after completing a four-month training course under the command of the UPDF.
The LDUs were recruited in October last year on the orders of President Museveni following an upsurge in gun violence that led to the assassination of former Buyende District police commander Muhammad Kirumira and Arua Municipality MP Col Ibrahim Abiriga.
And now after nearly four months of intense training, the group is set to be commissioned at a venue yet to be disclosed.
The spokesperson of UPDF Land Forces, Lt Col Henry Obbo, confirmed that the pass out will happen this Friday but declined to divulge details.
“I cannot preempt the event that is left with only two days. You will get those details. Wait for those remaining days,” Lt Col Obbo said in an interview on Wednesday.
Sources intimated to this website that President Museveni is to preside over the function.
While appearing before the Parliamentary Committee on defence and Internal Affairs last year, defense ministry officials informed the MPs that the successful LDUs will be under the command of the UPDF and that they will be deployed in areas of residence in support of the Police.
They also added that LDUs will conduct patrols within the villages, file patrol reports, incident first and quick response and information gathering.
Gen David Muhoozi, the UPDF Chief of Defence Forces explained that before deployment, the LDUs will go through thorough training and mentorship by the field operational commanders.
“The dress code for LDUs will be the UPDF gazette Uniform to ease identity. In the day to day operations, LDUs will work in liaison with Police, the LC1 Chairpersons and secretaries for defense in their assigned areas of operation,” Muhoozi said.
He assured the MPs that the Arms and ammunition given to the LDUs will be controlled and secured centrally as per UPDF standing operational procedures.