Newly-deployed LDUs accused of brutalising Kampala residents

Tuesday May 14 2019

Brig Kayanja Muhanga (right), the 2nd Divisio

Brig Kayanja Muhanga (right), the 2nd Division army commander, instructs LDUs during target shooting exercise at Kaveera Army Barracks Training School in Kasese District last month. FILE PHOTO  

By URN

The army will investigate allegations of extortion and brutality by the newly-deployed Local Defence Unit (LDU) personnel in Kampala Metropolitan Area. 

The Minister of Defence and Veterans Affairs, Mr Adolf Mwesige disclosed the development while briefing journalists on the progress of the implementation of the 2016-2021 National Resistance Movement (NRM) manifesto, in Kampala, on Tuesday.

The security operatives who conduct night foot patrols in various parts of Kampala city and its environs, reportedly extort money and brutalise people who fail to surrender cash to them.

Mr Mwesige asked Kampala residents to report such cases so that perpetrators are brought to book.

In October last year, the army recruited over 6,000 LDUs for deployment in Kampala Metropolitan area.

President Yoweri Museveni ordered the recruitment to beef up other security agencies to combat crime.

In March, the LDUs were deployed after completing a four-months training at Kaweweta Military Training School. 

They were deployed under the command of UPDF officers and are subject to UPDF disciplinary procedures. 

A group of LDU operatives were recently seen brutalising supporters of Kyaddondo East Member of Parliament, Mr Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine in Luzira, recently.

The Defence Ministry Spokesperson, Brig Richard Karemire asked the public to cite specific cases of indiscipline instead of making blanket accusations against all LDU personnel.

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