Security expert criticises Museveni 24,000 LDU deployment

ONYWAKO, UGANDA: A platoon of a Local Defence Unit (LDU) known as Rhino Boys patrols, 23 November 2003 on the main road that links the town of Lira, 380 km (200 miles) North of Kampala, Uganda, to the parish of Onywako where within 24 hours the rebels of the Lord Resistence Army (LRA) killed five men in two different attacks in a couple of villages of the Onywako Parish. Due to the LRA insurgency LDU groups have been formed in the towns of Lira and Soroti to try to secure the villages while the Ugandan Army (UPDF) patrols larger areas: formed by volounteers of former soldiers, the members of those well disciplined militias have fought in north east Uganda despite the one month training which they undergoig. The LRA is pursuing a terror campaing aimed to topple Kampala' Government to replace it with one that follows the Bible's Ten Commandments. AFP PHOTO MARCO LONGARI (Photo credit should read MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images)

Fred Egesa, a Security Analyst, has asked police to reform if the security situation of the country is to stabilise.

“If I was to investigate this murder, I would put my focus on what Kirumira was for and what he focused on in the last few months,” he said on NTV while commenting about the assassination of police chief Muhammad Kirumira.

“Police has to reform because we have not seen anything new. Maybe they are trying to change but the speed is so low that we cannot see or even feel any signs,” Egesa said.

Speaking during his nation address on Sunday, President Museveni said he would deploy reserve forces including 24,000 Local Defence Unit [LDUs] as well as drones to monitor Kampala and Wakiso district.

According to Egesa, increased deployment involves cash, corruption and a lot of things.

“You are inviting other situations of ghost workers and non-payment among others and this will worsen the situation. We have to understand the criminal mind.”

He said part of it is that when someone is going to commit a crime, they will not use their motorcycles or else they could change number plates.

He said cameras are a good idea but the issue is about who will handle them because those people might be sleepy or corrupt.

Museveni said urban crime that saw the death of the Sheikhs, of Joan Kagezi, Maj Kiggundu, Felix Kawesi, Susan Magara and Ibrahim Abiriga had scared people.

Some of the criminals in these murders have been identified, arrested and they are in Courts.

“We have built up capacity to defeat rural terrorism decisively and rapidly.  This is because in the bush, if the enemy is walking through the grass and leaves a track (ekisinde, ekirari), you can easily trace him; in the mountain, he has to pass through certain choke points (obufuunda) where you can block and make it impossible for the terrorists to move.”

He added: “There are also other technical means that help to track the enemies in the rural areas. The criminals in the urban areas are not strong at all.  Their main weapon is concealment.  In the rural areas, we acquired all the means to nullify the concealment of the terrorists.”



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