A statement by the newly appointed Defense Ministry Spokesperson, Brig Flavia Byekwaso, says although LDUs who have completed a fresher training are going to be redeployed, their role is restricted to strengthening night operations to curb crime.
Courtsey, Maj Gen Leopold Kyanda engaging LDUs on refresher course
Defense Forces –UPDF has barred Local Defense Unit–LDU personnel from daytime
A statement by the newly
appointed Defense Ministry Spokesperson, Brig
Flavia Byekwaso, says although LDUs who have completed a fresher training are
going to be redeployed, their role is restricted to strengthening night
operations to curb crime.
According to the statement, the LDUs will also participate in intelligence led
operations on specific targets on request and support of Uganda Police Force.
“The LDUs shall not participate in daytime enforcement of Covid19 directives
outlined by Ministry of Health and head of state,” Brig Byekwaso said.
Over 10 people
have been killed by LDUs and other security operatives while enforcing Covid19
preventive directives and guidelines. Some of the victims include Eric
Mugasira, the Mukono head teacher and Margret Nanyunja, a resident of Kyengera.
Brig Byekwaso explains that several local leaders and members of the general
public have been complaining that the withdrawal of LDUs has seen an increase
in criminal activities particularly during night hours.
“Owing to the
withdraw of LDUs from active operations to go back for refresher training, the
level of criminality has since increased especially during the night.
Severally, local leaders and the general public have petitioned security
leaders to re-engage them in order to contain the situation,” Brig Byekwaso
More than 6000
LDUs were withdrawn from Kampala and taken to Kakiri army barracks for refresher
training. The training was majorly on crowd control, firearm handling and human
rights observance. Maj. Gen Leopold Kyanda, who is also the Chief of
Staff Land Forces, urged LDUs to work towards being citizens with reputable
images last week.
Gen Kyanda applauded LDUs for their contribution in fighting crime in Kampala Metropolitan
areas, he said the few isolated cases of indiscipline have tainted the image of
UPDF. “In the UPDF,
we have no space for any form of indiscipline. There is no amount of
indiscipline that is small to us. A mere abusive language or annoying gesture
to the civilians is too grave an act to do. You must work towards correcting
these mistakes as you conduct your operations,” Maj. Gen Kyanda was quoted in a
statement issued by Lt. Col. Deo Akiiki.
Kyanda said the
refresher course is very necessary for the LDU’s ideological growth, a prerequisite
in their career in UPDF. He said it is important that LDUs grasp every bit of
the lessons taught, saying it would help them in their day to day life and in
the distant future.
The LDUs were trained by the Field Force Unit- FFU,
Deputy Commander Reserve Forces, Maj. Gen. Stephen Rwabantu, the UPDF Chief
Political Commissar, Maj. Gen. Henry Matsiko and Brig. Gen. Flavia Byekwaso.