KAMPALA- After several complaints of brutal acts by LDU personnel on innocent Ugandans, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who also doubles as the Commander In Chief of Armed forces has ordered UPDF to send Local Defence Unit officers (LDU) for refresher Courses.
According to the news obtained by this online publication, the training will be conducted at First Division headquarters in Kakiri.
Recently President Museveni directed UPDF leadership to withdraw LDUs from night operations after several complaints of murder, robbery, torture from the public. The last scenario was the death of a boda boda rider in Busoga who was shot to death by LDU personnel.
The Refresher course was launched by Gen Samuel Kavuma the Deputy Commander Land Forces. According to UPDF, all 10 battalions of LDUS operating in Kampala Metropolitan area will undergo this mandatory course before resuming operations.
Gen Kavuma hailed the LDU personnel for reversing the undesirable security situation that had prevailed in Kampala Metropolitan Police including robberies, kidnaps and economic sabotage on factories.
“Records show that the LDUs have done great work in KMP. In the last six months alone, over 05 riffles have been recovered by the force, 02 pistols, 04 toy pistols, a number of walkie talkies, several rounds of ammunition of different caliber and other assortment of military stores. These could have been used to gravely destabilize the security of the people in KMP,” he said.
He added that 04 cars and over 15 stolen motorcycles, together with several household and office items were also recovered by the intelligence guided patrols of the LDUs in KMP in the last one year.
To maintain this positive trend achieved, the General said that when a battalion of the LDUs are under the refresher training, the rest will continue patrolling,” he said
He noted that much as there are significant achievements registered, in all societies there are usually a few people who fall short of the required standards. “Nevertheless, over 99% of the LDUs are doing a great job. The few who fell short of the operational standards have been charged in the court as per the laws.”
The training will be conducted by the UPDF and Uganda Police Force instructors. The training program includes political education, civil policing, Law and the role of media in military operations among others.The opening ceremony was also attended by Maj Gen Sam Kawaga the Commander of infantry Division and other Senior Officers.
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