The UPDF Commander Land Forces Lt General Peter Elwelu has appealed to Soldiers to abide by the guidelines put in place by the government so as to join the struggle in fighting Covid 19 pandemic.
In March, the government through the Ministry of Health put in place several messages to stop the spread of Covid 19 which is caused by Corona virus and has since killed thousands of people across the globe.
Some of these measures included ban on public gatherings, maintaining physical distancing, wearing face masks, advising citizens to wash their hands with soap, avoid shaking hands among others.
While delivering a lecture of opportunity on a three week Political Education Course on Tuesday at Peace Support Operation – Training Center Singo, Lt General Elweru reminded them that there is need to follow the said standard operating procedures so as to avoid the spread of the disease.
He noted that although no resultant deaths have been confirmed within the country, if the trainees take the advice by the government for granted, the state may face severe challenges as it now goes into stage three of the pandemic.
As such, he advised the trainees who attentively listened to him to maintain discipline and do as told by health experts whose call has also been backed several times by the Commander in Chief of the Armed forces, HE General Yoweri Museveni.
The Commander Land Forces also asked the trainees who have since been kept inside the training facility with restrictions on movements to maintain discipline, unity, comradeship and teamwork as they wait for their deployment in mission areas.
“One thing you need to know is that while you are in mission areas, you are there representing our country. You are like ambassadors.Therefore, I call upon you to desist from acts that will let our flag down,” said the General.
Lt General Elweru’s lecture was attended by all peace support operation trainees of Uganda Battle Group 31 and United Nation Guard Unit – VII and Instructors.
His lecture came at the time when the Trainees at Singo based Training Center are currently on a pre – mission training ahead of their deployment in Somalia.