Last Updated on: 1st February 2024, 10:34 am
Bugiri | All the districts in Busoga sub-region have been hailed for denying space to Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels to operate.
In a message to Busoga ahead of the 43rd Tarehe Sita anniversary on February 6, Colonel Okei Rukogota, the Deputy Chief Political Commissar, commended the people of Busoga for their efforts in denying ADF space.
He spoke during a counter-radicalisation session organised by Sheikh Dr. Boowa in partnership with the UPDF. The session was attended by Muslims from neighbouring districts.
Col Rukogota praised the district Barazas conducted by the UPDF Commissariat team, where they share perspectives on ideological, political, and socio-economic transformation to work together.
Tanazilaba Elvis, the chairman of Iganga market thanked the UPDF for cleaning the market as part of the activities to mark the 43rd Tarehe Sita anniversary.
He urged the market community to copy the spirit of cleaning the market and living in a healthy environment.
During the cleaning of Amber Court Market in Jinja City, Col Justus Rukundo advised market vendors to always maintain good hygiene for their market to attract customers.
The Deputy Mayor for Jinja city southern division, Mary Kasasa said they had joined the UPDF and the community for “this noble cause”.
In Busembatia, Bugweri district, Col Deo Karikona applauded the sister forces joining the UPDF in cleaning the town council, appreciating the family of the late Kirunda Kivejinja for joining the activities to mark the February 6th event.
Kakaire Dalausi, the Mayor of Busembatia town council, appreciated the spirit UPDF has displayed in the community noting that this will act as an example to keep their area clean.
In Bugiri district, the UPDF engaged the residents of Buterere and Bugiri town councils in cleaning activities to promote hygiene and sanitation in the areas.
Lt Col Robert Ssemaganda said that the community is key to the UPDF and the inclusive participation of residents together with other organisations is key in addressing the needs of the community.
He cautioned against sending children to unknown places on the pretext of Islamic orientation, which could lead to recruitment into the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).
The Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Mwidu Paul Kalikwani appreciated the UPDF for promoting sanitation and hygiene to address the challenges of increasing patients in hospitals due to living in dirty environments.
The DPC of Bugiri Senior Superintendent of Police Godwin Ochaki said, “This is an emulation of what happens and if we have managed to clean the town, let the community take it up from there as cleanliness is key to healthy living.”
This collaborative initiative has ignited a sense of unity and enthusiasm among the residents of Busembatia.
Ochaki said there is a symbol of strong bonds between the security agencies, UPDF, and the local community as they come together to honour the legacy of Tarehe Sita.