Over 275 Military Police personnel pass out, demand Research Centre

Deputy Chief Land Forces, Maj Gen Sam Okiding.

Insufficient field for training and instructors’ trucks and lack of a research centre are some of the challenges facing military police trainers and trainees, reveals the Commandant Masindi Military Police Training School, Col Ammon Kagina.

Speaking at the pass out ceremony of 279 military police trainees at Masindi Military Police Training School at the weekend, Col Kagina said the training field is such a small facility to comfortably accommodate the big numbers of trainees.

He also said that there was need to establish a research centre to enable the trainees acquire more knowledge and skills in their field for a better force.

The successful trainees were enlisted in the 13th intake and have undergone basic military police training level 3.

Col Ammon Kagina, Commandant Military Training School Masindi, delivers speech at Masindi Military Training Ground. (Photo: Moses Andama)

In his response, the guest of honour who is also the Deputy Chief Land Forces, Maj Gen Sam Okiding, told Col Kagina that he would deliver the message to the higher ranking military officers for action.

To the trainees, Gen Okiding advised them to observe the general military discipline now that they are “going out to serve the nation besides “praying to God as nothing is above Him”.

The senior army officer warned the soldiers against leading an immoral life.

“Take care of your lives against HIV and desist from listening to people preaching a false gospel that Covid-19 has overshadowed AIDS. AIDS is still prevalent and it kills”. He said.

The soldiers were trained in VIP protection skills and Political Education among others.

Photo Maj Gen Sam Okiding delivers his speech at Masindi military police training school ground.

Some of the Military Police trainees display Friday the acquired self-defence skills they can apply without rifles in case of any enemy attack. (Photo: Moses Andama)

The numbers

Col Kagina said that more than 300 personnel joined the military police training school. However, four dropped out on medical grounds, eight left without official leave and 279 completed the training with 44 females and two officers.

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