UPDF First Division Spokesperson, Maj Bilal Katamba, said LDUs attached to police stations are there as an emergency force and cannot be removed. Earlier reports indicated that UPDF had started removing LDUs from police stations.
Police vehicle windscreen smashed by protesters
Uganda People’s Defence Forces – UPDF has
said it has no plans of withdrawing Local Defence Units – LDUs attached to various police
stations in Kampala and other places upcountry.
Maj. Bilal Katamba, the UPDF First
Division Spokesperson said LDUs attached to police stations
are there as an emergency force and cannot be removed. Earlier reports indicated that UPDF had started
removing LDUs from police stations.
not. Why? LDUs are a quick reaction force at police stations. It is like a
standby force to react to emergencies like robberies and we cannot remove them,”
explained Maj. Katamba.
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than 6,000 LDUs in Kampala metropolitan area that covers Kampala City, Wakiso
and Mukono districts. At least 2,500 LDUs are attached to various police
stations under the 18 policing division in Kampala metropolitan.
LDUs deployed at police stations, close to 4,000 are in battalions in Nansana,
Seeta, Mukono, Katwe, Kansanga, Kawempe, Kira and Ndeeba. UPDF set up the
battalions at district and Sub-county headquarters.
had intimated that UPDF had resolved to remove at least 4,000 LDUs deployed in
Kampala metropolitan and only leave 2,000 to work with police particularly during night patrols.
been complaining about LDUs’ misconduct. They are too aggressive and we have no
say about them because they are under the command of UPDF,” a police source
All LDUs are
commanded by UPDF soldiers ranging from the ranks of Captain to Corporal. Detaches
at police stations are majorly commanded by Corporals and Sergeants while
battalions are commanded by Lieutenants and Captains.
this week, police conducted operations without involving LDUs. In most of the
previous operations, police would work alongside LDUs to query protests
organised by traders, taxi drivers and Boda-boda riders protesting against the ban
on their operations in a bid to control the spread of COVID-19.
commanders and their juniors were pelted with stones on Tuesday while forcing
traders to close shops since the ban on Arcades has not be lifted. Police fired
teargas and live bullets to query protests where the windscreen of a police
patrol vehicle was smashed with a heavy stone.
In regard to
not working with LDUs in the Tuesday traders’ protest, Assistant Superintendent
of Police – ASP Luke Owoyesigyire, who is also deputy Kampala police
spokesperson, explained that the police force has no problem working alongside LDUs.
Owoyesigyire said it depends on the operations commander to decide on whether
to work with LDUs or not.
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afternoon, checkpoints at the Kyaliwajjala Junction, Namugongo Road, Ntinda
Junction, Mbalwa and other roadblocks had no LDUs. Since the lockdown that
started in March, most of the checkpoints have been manned by police and LDUs.
of LDUs brutality have been recorded since the lockdown whereby some people
have died after being shot or beaten. LDUs, police and UPDF have been
cited in the shooting and beating to death of 13 people since the lockdown