Crime & Investigation

UPDF Arrest Two Men for Extorting Money from Potential LDU Recruits

At least two people have been arrested by UPDF intelligence and Police detectives for extorting money from civilians vying to join the Local Defence Forces.

Deputy Defence Spokesperson Lt Col Deo Akiiki told ChimpReports on Sunday morning that Esther Marina, 33, a resident of Bombo town was being held at Maganjo Police station for collecting unspecified amount of cash from 220 people from Namisindwa and Manafwa Districts with a promise that they would be recruited into the LDU Force in Kampala.

“The 220 people got stranded at Maganjo Zone A inside a perimeter wall fence,” said Akiiki.

“Our Local Defence Unit of Kawempe Battalion together with Maganjo police acting on a tip off were able to arrest the suspect.”

The army has in recent months been recruiting LDUs to beef up police operations against criminals and allowing the military which was earlier deployed at police stations to return to the barracks.

The army recently said Ugandans were turning up on in large numbers during the two-week-long recruitment exercise to join the Local Defence Forces.

UPDF said the turn up at the various recruitment centres was ranging from 200 – 1,000 percent well above the required numbers.

Meanwhile, Akiiki said a one Abdul Chelengat, 40, was also arrested in Rubaga Division Wankulukuku recruitment ground on the 16 July 2019 for conning more than 250 people of yet to be established amount of cash and transporting them from Sebei sub region especially from the districts of Kapchorwa and Bukwo with a promise to recruit them in the ongoing LDU recruitment.

“Chelengat collaborated with one Omara Sam, the chairman of old Kampala zone in Kampala Central division (who is still at large) to sign recommendation letters to more than 250 Aspiring recruits,” said Akiiki.

“Investigations of the two are ongoing. The duo will be arraigned to the courts of law when investigations are complete.”

UPDF warned the public against falling victim to such unscrupulous individuals who are “bent to having a reap out of the LDU recruitment exercise. The general public is further informed that UPDF’s zero tolerance policy to corruption will ever be upheld.”

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