Gulu — The Chief of Defence Forces [CDF], Gen David Muhoozi, has tasked the new 4th Division Commander, Col Bonny Bamwiseki, to work with locals to curb crime in the sub-region.
Projecting into what lies ahead as Col Bamwiseki assumes office, Gen Muhoozi noted that locals have hope in him and he must never betray their expectations including observing security in the area.
"Crime is a key issue to tackle and it is increasingly affecting the economic activities and production across different areas; it's important to work closely with local leaders and the general public," he said.
Gen Muhoozi made the remarks on Wednesday at the handover ceremony of Brig Emmanuel Kanyesigye at the 4th Division headquarters in Gulu Town.
Col Bamwiseki replaces Brig Kanyesigye who was posted to Burundi as Uganda's Defence attaché.
President Museveni appointed him to that position in December last year.
Brig Kanyesigye has been the 4th Division Commander since 2017, the same position he held in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
Gen Muhoozi in his remarks also tasked Col Bamwiseki to develop an action plan to end environmental degradation in the sub-region.
"We know that charcoal burning and other different forms of environmental destruction are at their peak in the region. We need an action plan to ensure a sustainable environment," he said.
He lauded Brig Kanyesigye for effectively steering 4th Division adding that he should also exhibit the same spirit in Burundi.
The Gulu District chairperson, Mr Martin Ojara Mapenduzi, also pledged to work closely with the incoming 4th Division commander to ensure peace and security.
The Gulu Resident District Commissioner, Maj Santos Okot Lapolo, called upon the Uganda People's Defence Forces to tackle the insecurity at the border.
He also emphasised the need to fully reinforce Uganda Police Force presence especially at borders.
"We need the support of the police to ensure safety from the neighbouring countries such as Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan because they seem to be the biggest threat to our security following the influx of refugees and Ebola threats," he said.
Col Bamwiseki said. "The tool for sustainable security is togetherness and therefore being a commander, I ask both leaders and the general public that let's work together and develop our region and country at large," Col Bamwiseki said.