Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga has said that LDUs should work
closely with police and local leaders to ensure security.
Enanga says community leaders are part and parcel of LDU
operations and monitor their activities including reporting to relevant
authorities in case they deviate from operation procedures just like they have
always done with police officers to engage in committing crimes.
“LDUs will work with police whenever we go for foot patrol and there is always
a police officer leading. We have been getting reports that some have been
arresting people with documents. LCs we have always encouraged them to alert
us,” Enanga said.
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Enanga said he was yet to get details on how many LDUs have so far been
deployed in Kampala and its neighbouring districts.
Spokesperson for Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) that
recruited and equipped them with basic military skills Brig Richard Karemire
had also not yet responded to our inquiries.
President Museveni passed out 6,000 LDU a month ago after they
completed a four-month course at Kaweweta Military School in Nakaseke District.
Museveni ordered for 24000 LDU recruitment following back to back homicide
crimes in Kampala City.
LDUs have already replaced UPDF soldiers who had been deployed at strategic
places among others Kireka, Naalya roundabout, Kireka Police Station,
Kabalagala and Kaleerwe.
Enanga said LDUs are a force that will help police in keeping law and order
given to the fact that police have been facing numerous policing challenges due
to insufficient numbers.
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.