The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that the Local Defense Unit (LDU) will resume night operations upon completion of their training. The LDU will work in support of Uganda Police to curtail criminal activities in the Country.
UPDF suspended the LDU operations following various complaints of human rights violations, and gruesome killing people. It is reported that over eight people died at the hands of security agencies implementing COVID-19 guidelines during the first three months of the lockdown. All the victims were either shot dead or tortured to death by the soldiers, police officers or Local Defense Unit officers.
Currently all the personnel of the 10 Battalions of the LDUs operating in Kampala Metropolitan Policing (KMP) Area are undergoing refresher courses at Kakiri Barracks.
According to the spokesperson of Uganda Defence forces (UPDF) brig Gen Flavia Byekwaso, the LDUs who have undergone and completed their training will resume operations only at night to curtail criminal activities and they shall not participate in the daytime enforcement of COVID-19.
She said the redeployment follows public outcry over the increasing criminality in the Country.
“The LDU shall participate in intelligence led limited operations on specific targets on request and in support of Uganda police services. They will not participate in day enforcement of President Museveni’s directives peddled at curbing the spread of Covid-19 pandemic,” she said.
She called on Ugandans to cooperate and support the forces in the notable duty to ensure that every one is safe and secure from any threat and all acts of criminality.