Monday, 3 December 2012
350 STUDENTS COMPLETE CADRE COURSE IN KASESE.
A total of 350 students of Kisinga Vocational Secondary school in Kisinga sub-county in Kasese district were on Monday passed out as young cadres after undergoing military training commonly known as Chaka Mchaka for two weeks.
The pass out at Kisinga playground was presided over by Defense Minister Dr. Crispus Kiyonga who urged the students to use the acquired skills to analyze situations and intervene in situations that may lead the country into danger.
Dr. Kiyonga said that the reason why the NRM government takes cadres through Chaka Mchaka is to avail more Ugandans with management skills where by the cadres can help in conflict resolution in the community.
He said that nationals who complete Chaka Mchaka are able to defend themselves and the territory adding that with such groups in place, there is no enemy who shall ever defeat the government of Uganda giving an example of the ADF insurgence where civilians participated to flash it out.
“There is no enemy that can defeat the government of Uganda because the trained cadres in the country have showed their potential to working hand in hand with the UPDF as seen from the ADF experience when the people of Kasese got guns and wiped rebels off.
So these cadre trainings are not a joke as other people think but for the purpose of building the spirit of patriotism among the Ugandans who have the country at heart”. Dr. Kiyonga said.
Dr. Kiyonga said that the current Uganda needs to be stable for transformation and development, lamenting that most of the fifty years of independence have been under conflict.
The Resident District Commissioner Lt. Milton Odongo urged the cadres to be agents of good change by mobilizing more people to support the NRM government and its development programs.
Lt. Odongo asked the cadres not to use the military skills and tricks attained at the training by making a U-turn and fight the government.
“We have not trained you to use the attained military skills to turn against the government and fight it. But you are being commissioned as agents of good change in the communities where you come from”. Lt. Odongo said.
Ms. Salima Biira the course leader while presenting the young patriots report said that they have learn a lot of things that including handling a fire arm, military drills, the political history of Uganda, the role of the army and police, the NRM manifesto and information management.
The chief guest handed over gifts and certificates to best candidates Bernard Thembo and Salima Biira (Discipline), Denis Kule and Lakeri Biira (drills), Pascal Kiiza and Janet Ithungu (target range), Landas Muhindo and Neverles Kabugho (gun stripping and assembling).
The two week cadre course attracted several dignitaries to present papers including Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere and Kasese district chairman Lt. Col. Mawa Muhindo.
The young cadres also had a lecture on the performance of the National Agricultural Advisory Services by the district NAADS coordinator Ms. Annet Biira.
Maj. Jonathan Ochom who has been the chief instructor at the training said that the students were enthusiastic and determined to finish their course.
Nearly the same number of students however did not participate in the Chaka Mchaka in what the government officials suspect they should have been ill advised by members of the opposition because Kisinga sub-county is a staunch area for Forum for Democratic Change.