A section of residents in Lugazi municipality have raised concern
over the brutality by the Local Defense Unit-LDU personnel during night
patrols. The personnel are accused of extorting money and assaulting residents.
Ivan Zimula, one of the victims of torture currently undergoing treatment at
African Centre for Treatment and Treatment of Torture Victims- ACTTV, says that he was severely
beaten by LDU officers breaking his backbone.
Zimula’s brother Patrick Asiku;
//Cue in; “Muganda waffe bamuukuba…
Cue out…na bubi nnyo.”//
Pawulo Butoto, a roadside vendor in Lugazi town says they are forced
to close their business early because of the actions of the LDU personnel.
//Cue in; “Bweziwera ssaawa enya…
Cue out…ne bansambasamba bubi”//
Another resident Herbert Makeme says that there should be a
standard procedure for operations of the LDU personnel.
//Cue in; “omuntu bweba bamukute…
Cue out…police banonyerezeko.”//
Helen Butoto the Ssezibwa Regional Police Spokesperson says they have received complaints
from residents about the actions of the LDU's.
Buikwe Resident District Commissioner-RDC Jane Francis
Kagaayi says that she has instructed security agencies to investigate the