Gulu – Chief of Defense Forces, Gen David Muhoozi has asked the newly appointed 4th Division commander to tighten security situation in the region from the rising numbers of foreigners in area.
The CDF was officiating at the handover of command at the division barrack in Gulu on Wednesday 9th in Gulu town.
Col Bonny Bamwiseki is the new Commander of Uganda People Defense Force 4th Infantry Division in Gulu, which covers East Acholi and West Nile sub regions.
Col Bamwiseki had recently been a former commander of UPDF division in Arua for the last three years, operating under 4th Division headquarters.
During the ceremony, Gen Muhoozi congratulated the outgoing commander for completing his task successfully and calls the local authorities in Gulu district to take tough stance in identifying the interest of increasing foreigners in the northern as they work jointly with the UPDF in managing the security situation in the region.
“Local leaders put your heads together with the new commander to ensure that our country is safe from the foreigners because some of them come with different intentions, both bad and good and you need to ‘scratch the surface’ to identify them properly without being xenophobic,” Gen Muhoozi added
He tasked Col Bamwiseki to work with the leaders to resolve the issues of refugees’ problems, foreigners and the Balaalo and conclusively and engage with community to amplify the agricultural production for food security and marketing since the region has a lot of potential.
Gen Muhoozi also emphasizes that no new cases of nomadic pastoralists roaming the region should be heard because there is no free land in Uganda and every cattle keepers must settle with their animals on their lands to avoid conflict over land.
He emphasizes that 4th Division territory of command is very big stretching to Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan and that it requires effort to ensure the frontiers and the internal security is safe from crimes and proliferation of fire arms from porous borders.
Maj Santos Okot Lapolo, the Gulu RDC lauds Brig Kanyesigye for the new appointment and urges his successor to actively collaborate with the district security team, civilians and local authorities in region.
“Through Kanyesigye, we build a strong security wall around information; through good rapport with the community and leadership and succeeded in fighting environmental violent and nomadism from the region and in scenario where errant soldier went wrong, he came out and apologized,” Maj Lapolo says, and advises that Col Bawiseki should emulate the same.
Lapolo appeals to both UPDF and Uganda Police Force to step up their support in fighting urban crimes, proliferation of gun in the communities from porous borders with neighboring country South Sudan and influx of foreigners from Congo.
He says UPDF should support in controlling foreigners entering the region particularly Congolese because of fear of importing Ebola disease.
However, Col Bamwiseki thanked CDF Gen Muhoozi for giving him the chance to command 4th Infantry Division and pledged to work hard with the community and local authorities.
“Thank you high authority for giving the chance to work, command and I have no objection. And for th leaders I am here ready to work with you to serve our country and ensure safety and security,” Col Bamwiseki remarked.
Although, Brig Kanyesigye advices his successor to work with the civilians and also ask officers to render support to the new commander.
“Work with people and I ask you officers to give Col Bamwiseki support as you have been giving me” He advises.
Asked about his experience working with the 4th Division since his first deployment in 1989 as a platoon commander and climbing many ranks to date as a Division commander, Brig Kanyesigye says: “My experience was fighting the LRA as I was working in different position of the army but people have been to my side and the side of the UPDF and I have learnt that UPDF perform very well because of the support of people which is the result of our discipline and conscience and corporation of the civilians.”
Brig Kanyesigye has been appointed for a Diplomatic mission in Burundi as a force attaché.