KAMPALA- The Uganda People’s Defense Forces-UPDF has refuted allegations circulating in the news alleging that that President Yoweri Museveni had suspended the operations of the reserve force Local Defence Unit mostly known to many as LDUs.
Maj. Bilal Katamba, the spokesperson of the Local Defence Unit said that they are operating normally without any interference stressing that if it was tru, he would have learnt about it.
“We are still doing our job normally under the UPDF as we have always done so. We don’t work on baseless social media rumors. We get official communication from radio messages and that’s when we can act but for now, treat that as falsehoods,” Katamba said.
News emerged on Thursday July 9th 2020 that President Museveni who I also the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, held an urgent high level security meeting on Wednesday where the security members discussed the LDUs actions which are reported to be below expected standards of armed forces.
This comes after Mityana LC 5 Chairman Joseph Luzige was recently humiliated by a group of LDUs when he found them brutalising a Boda Boda cyclist who was carrying a pregnant woman before curfew time in Mityana Municipality.
The 4 LDUs have since been arrested to answer for their actions and a team that was sent to Mityana to assess the situation agreed that they be tried in full view of the public.
It was also reported that the President recalled the LDUs services as a way of controlling their actions. The allegations Maj Bilal Katamba trashed on Friday July 10th 2020.
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