Their presence was also helpful in curbing cattle thefts in the region. According to locals, the personnel were swift in tracking stolen cattle, impounding animals and looking after them while in army detaches. But over time, the unit became redundant forcing several LDU personnel to abandon the force, while others have been retired.
According Jimmy Ojok, the probation officer of Kaabong, cases of defilement brought against the local persons in the district are handled expeditiously compared to those against uniformed men and teachers. Ojok cites instances where four police officers, an LDU and two teachers have never been brought to book after defiling school going children.
Capt. Abert Arinaitwe, the 3rd Division spokesman acknowledges the concerns raised but attributes it to local leaders who recommend wrong elements for LDU recruitment and commercialisation of cattle thefts.