UPDF 2 Infantry Division
UPDF 2 Infantry Division was originally a mobile brigade. It was operating in Loro, in present day Oyam district, curved out of Lango sub-region, under the Command of Lt Col Reuben Ikondere (R.I.P) between 1989 and 1990, during “Operation North”. It was, in 1990, transferred to Teso sub-region under the Command of Lt Col (Now Brig) Joseph Arocha, to support NRA operations against the Uganda Peoples’ Army (UPA) insurgency.
In 1991, the Brigade was designated into a division and transferred to Kabarole District, with its Headquarters at Muhoti Barracks. It was charged with the security of Western Uganda, under the Command of Brig Chefe Ali.
In 1993, the Division was transferred to its current location at Makenke Barracks, in Mbarara District. The Makenke Barracks barracks was built for about 1,000 soldiers, but by 2001 had over 10,000 people [including family members]. Presently, 2 Infantry Division oversees the security of twenty one districts in Western Uganda, namely; Buhweju, Bundibugyo, Bushenyi, Ibanda, Isingiro, Kabale, Kabarole, Kamwenge, Kanungu, Kasese, Kiruhura, Kisoro, Kyegegwa, Kyenjojo, Mbarara, Mitooma, Ntoroko, Ntungamo, Rubirizi, Rukungiri and Sheema. The Division borders the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to the West, the Republic of Rwanda to the South West and the United Republic of Tanzania to the South.
Organically, 2 Infantry Division is comprised of a Division headquarter with combat support elements, three brigades, and four auxiliary Infantry Battalions. The Division houses Hima Training School in Kasese district and Bihanga training School in Ibanda district.
Achievements of the Division include defeating the Allied Democratic Forces insurgency and terrorism from Western Uganda. Effectively securing the country’s international borders with the DRC, Rwanda and Tanzania and keeping them free from infiltration by negative forces. Building a strong, alert and capable force ready to take on any security challenges in the entire western Uganda. Cultivating a harmonious and cordial working relationship with the local leadership, sister security agencies and the general populace in the entire division area of responsibility.
Actively participating in productive activities, the division has some of the biggest commercial farming projects for individual Officers and Men, which have greatly improved their personal and household welfare. Support to formal education. The Division has a polytechnic (Kadogo Community Polytechnic), a secondary school (Mbarara Army Boarding Secondary School) and a primary school (Mbarara Army Primary School). These have jointly contributed to addressing the educational needs of Officers and Men and some of their children and relatives. The schools also accommodate other members of the public.
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