“We used to have a cordial relationship with the civilians but out of nowhere, a section of youth started accusing us of fostering relationships with their girlfriends and in turn, created cliques of battering us within the trading centres which is really absurd,” he said.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony of 590 soldiers who underwent a six months’ refresher course at college on Thursday at Gadaffi Garrison in Jinja, Katemba notes that, the number of trainees continue to rise however, the training structures are yet to be renovated.
The university has been the theatre of violence and the use of excessive force by law enforcement agencies, as students challenged a 15 per cent cumulative increment on tuition and functional fees. The increment, which started this academic year, will affect all first-year students, for the next five years.
The officers were equipped with skills in repairing small guns like pistols, AK-47, and other fighter riffles during peace support operations and wartime periods. The trained officers carry the mandate of safeguarding firearms in the different armoury where they shall be deployed by their respective commanders.
According to Ayena, the camps became soft targets for LRA rebels who were looking for livelihood and weapons. After forcing people from their villages into concentrated camps were the LRA previously derived food and other necessity, the only gateway to such livelihood including food became attacking the military rings around the camps, Ayena said.
Prosecution led by Captain Charles Ssekayita told court that while at Smiling Panda 2, a Pub at Kabedo Opong Parish in Bar Dege Division on August 4th at about 11:30PM Odaga shot three people to death and injured another.
According to Mbadi, they also want parliament to review the compensation for disability attained in service and the time they retire after sustaining injuries and pension given to low ranking officers.