LDUs terrorise Kampala, extort money from city dwellers

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Museveni passing out LDUs at Kaweweta military school

Local Defence Unit (LDU) soldiers are already under investigation for brutality and extortion only one month after deployment in Kampala city.

President Museveni on March 15 passed out 6,239 Local Defence Unit (LDU) trainees at Kaweweta Military Training School.

The recruits from Wakiso, Mukono and Kampala districts had completed 16 weeks of basic military and tactical training.

He ordered them to reinforce police in combating crime and act as a reserve force for the national army.

However, Uganda Radio Network [URN] reports that the reserve force which conducts night foot patrols in various parts of Kampala city, is extorting money and brutalising people who fail to surrender cash to them.

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

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

He said a group of LDU operatives were recently seen brutalising supporters of Kyaddondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine in Luzira.

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