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Saturday, 1 December 2012
OMUSINGA TRAINS CHAKA MCHAKA AT KISINGA
Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere on Friday took off
some time to take trainees on a three week cadre course through militaristic
drills and lectures at the Kisinga playground in Kasese district.
Close to 900 hundred youths that include both students and
staff at Kisinga Vocational Secondary school in Kasese district have been
undergoing a cadre course that is dubbed as patriotic training that ends on
King Mumbere who has a military background having been
commander in chief of the Rwenzururu Movement struggle from mid 1960s to early
80s was invited by the Resident District Commissioner Milton Odongo to participate
in the training of youths undergoing a three week cadre
However, he did not appear in any military attire as he commanded the trainees
through a few minutes’ drills.
Mumbere urged the trainees to be brave and guard the country
jealously although they are not being penciled into the Uganda Peoples Defense
Forces adding that it is a role of any patriotic Ugandan to guard the
He advised the youths
not to use the military tactics attained at the Chaka Mchaka to cause trouble
for the innocent Ugandans but rather work hard to help the security agencies
identify those holding illegal fire arms that have been used to terrorize most
parts of Kasese of late.
This year alone, about five people including a journalist
Amon Thembo have been victims of gun shots in night robberies especially in
Bukonzo West constituency.
“You are not undertaking military tactics and secrets to terrorize
the people but to help them remain peaceful. My appeal to you is that do not
think you are now trained to attack people other than helping identify the
wrong elements holding illegal fire arms that have been killing our people”.
Responding to a claim by the area LC III Chairman Mr. Chance
Kahindo that most of the Bakonzo are being affected by the current insurgency in
the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, King Mumbere said that a soldier
needs to be brave if they are to defend their territories.
He said that militarily, Congolese soldiers are not brave to
the extent that at times they abandon the people they are supposed to defend
and run away.
In July, about 700 Congolese soldiers fled the battle field
in their country at the advances of the M23 rebels and sought refuge in Uganda.
They were transferred from Kisoro to Kasese district before being handed back
to their country a week later.
“I soldier who swore to defend the territory of his country
must not look a coward because the people you defend will have nothing to do if
you are the first to run away. The Congolese soldiers must stand strong and
brave to defeat the militia groups there”. King Mumbere said.
He warned the soldiers against using their military power by
terrorizing civilians through rape and other forms of evil that are punishable
by the court marshal.
The Kasese RDC Mr. Milton Odongo said that the aim of
training the youth in a cadre course is to strengthen patriotism in a district
that has seen waves of conflicts in the past.
On Saturday, the district Chairman Lt. Col. Mawa Muhindo was
the chief instructor at the Chaka Mchaka where he urged the trainees to be
vigilant throughout their lives adding that the country needs more courageous people
to cause stability.