Army withdraws LDUs

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An LDU officer chases a civilian in Kampala

Security has withdrawn Local Defence Unit [LDU] personnel, according to media reports.

The now notorious reserve force will undergo refresher training in human rights and law enforcement procedures.

Daily Monitor reported that they are to be trained by police.

This comes days after President Museveni questioned their human rights record.

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Army spokesperson Brig Gen Richard Karemire said there was no need to disband them since they contribute to fighting crime.

“Regarding calls to disband LDUs by some groups, there is no reason for that,” Karemire said on Thursday.

According to him, LDUs have over a long time while working with other forces contributed tremendously to peace by fighting crime.

“The few who commit operational mistakes are always corrected and/or punished. This is on record,” he added.

LDUs have been criticised for civilian killings and torture while on duty.

Maj Bilal Katamba, the spokesman of the army’s 1st Division, told Daily Monitor that since the Covid19 lockdown has been eased, there is no purpose of the LDUs being at the road checks.

There are more than 25,000 LDUs in the country mostly recruited two years ago.

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