A total of 62 officers from External Security Organization (ESO) were passed out at the Marine Training Wing, Butiaba in Buliisa District after successfully completing a Basic Military Training course.
Presiding over the ceremony, H.E the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Gen Yoweri Museveni observed that ideological commitment, technical competence and discipline are key to the success of any government personnel.
“When we came into the system, we ensured that we not only had officers at the headquarters but also a Gombolola Internal Security Officer (GISO) at every sub county.”
He added that with a GISO there should be no corruption in health, education, agriculture and any other sector.
He stated that the trainees should always determine the method to use, both human and technical while bearing security in mind. “Strive to know what the enemy is doing,” he noted.
Adding to the Director General’s submission about the use of technology, Museveni echoed on the use of new technology that there is to deal with.
“In the second World War, the reason why Germany was defeated was because of new technology. The British had learnt to monitor the radios of the Germans. The technology of the Radar was new and it helped the British detect the aircraft of the Germans”.
The President explained the roles of the ESO among which was to deal with threats of terrorism, monitoring the diaspora, detecting political corruption and diffuse subversion.
“If each one does his or her work, the country develops very fast”, he said.
In his closing remarks, he thanked the UPDF for providing the facility and encouraged them to develop further.
The course imparted onto and equipped the officers with basic military skills that include tactics in field craft, leadership, political education, counter insurgency, military law, martial arts/ self-defence, foot drills, range exercise, skills at arms and physical training.
This 20th course intake commenced on 1st September 2021, and has lasted for a period of seven months. It is comprised of Ugandans; both men and women sourced from different parts of the country and have acquired basic training course and military training.