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LDUs Set to Resume Night Operations

The UPDF is set to redeploy its Local Defence Unit (LDU) personnel to their nightly patrol operations, a few weeks after they were suspended.

This was announced by the UPDF spokesperson Brig. Flavia Byekwaso in a statement.

The LDUs were mid last month withdrawn from their night operations and sent back to training.

The decision followed concerns over a high number of cases of LDUs involved in torture and excessive use of force on civilians, some of which cases ended up fatally.

But according to Brig Byekwaso, after thorough retraining, the LDUs are set to return to duty.

This, she says, follows several appeals from local leaders to the armed forces to intervene in the rising rate of crime in communities due to the absence of the night patrols.

“It has been agreed upon that LDUs who have undergone and completed training to resume operations only at night in support of Uganda Police to curtail criminal activities,” she said.

The LDUs however, will not be involved in operations during the day, especially those meant to implement the Ministry of Health guidelines on Covid19.

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“The public is therefore implored to cooperate and support these forces in ensuring that every Ugandan is safe and secure from any threat and acts of criminality,” Byekwaso said.

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