The LDUs are back but only for night duty

By Sania Babirye

The army has reinstated all local defense units who have completed their refresher training to resume operations only at night in support of the Uganda police to curtail criminal activities.

In a statement released by the newly appointed UPDF spokesperson brigadier general Flavia Byekwaso, the reinstatement follows an outcry by local leaders and the general public about the increased criminality especially in the night due to the withdraw if LDUs.

The statement says that these petitioned security leaders to have the LDUs back to curtail criminals.

The statement further says, the LDUs will Participate in intelligence led limited operations as requested by police. They will however not participate in any daytime enforcement of COVID-19 directives as listed by ministry of health and president Museveni.

General Byekwaso has called upon the public to cooperate with the forces to ensure security for all Ugandans.

LDU undertake new training at Kakiri

BY Sania Babirye

The Deputy Commander Land Forces, Maj Gen Sam Kavuma, has launched training of Local Defense Unit Personnel at Kakiri Barracks .

The training has started with those of Lubaga Battalion.

Maj.Gen.Sam Kauma says all the personnel of the 10 Battalions of the LDUs operating in Kampala Metropolitan Policing (KMP) Area will undergo weeks of the refresher course.

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 .”

He urged the trainees to take the training seriously so as to enhance on their professional journey in line with the acceptable ideology of the NRA/UPDF.

The training will be conducted by the UPDF and Uganda Police Force instructors and will include political education, civil policing, Law and the role of media in military operations among others.

Four sent to jail over Tegu’s death

By Sania Babirye

A task team actively investigating the murder of Tegu Emmanuel, 24 year old, male University student of Makerere, on the Wednesday, charged four suspects at LDC court for his brutal murder. The deceased was violently beaten on the 27.06.2020, and sustained life threatening injuries, which he eventually succumbed to on the 3.07.2020 at Mulago Hospital, Kiruddu.

The four suspects include; Oigu Charles; a 34 year old Area Councilor; Nyeko Balam, a 33 year old security guard; Kakuru Johnson, a 24 year old resident of Makerere and Sekitoleko Moses, a 21 year old resident of Makerere.

Their actions were supported by the postmortem report which revealed the cause of death as blunt force trauma, due to open wounds along the back, multiple cane marks on the back of the right elbow and abrasions along the abdomen and the entire back of the victim.

The prevailing facts indicate that on 27.06.2020, the victim left his sister Rachael Ariongeti’s home, at Namungoona where he also stayed with his brother Sam Okwalinga, and proceeded to his church at Makerere.

He did not return home, but in the evening at around 10pm, he was found by PC Mukose Farouk who was on routine patrol behind the main building near the water tank.

The officer attempted to inquire about who he was and what he was doing at such an ordinary hour, out in the cold.

He appeared erratic and responded by throwing stones at the officer, who fired three shots in the air to scare the victim but kept charging at him.

This forced the officer to withdraw and communicated to his supervisor.

The victim ran towards St Augustine church and Centenary bank, where he charged at the three private security guards but was overpowered.

They hit him using the metallic chairs from the visitor’s tent, and it’s at this stage that he cried out for help, which attracted about 10-15 residents from Zone 1 and West road quarters around Lumumba hall.

Among the respondents were a few youth who joined the private security guards and violently assaulted the victim, whom they suspected to be a thief.

It is after the intervention of the Chaplain, St Augustine Church Makerere that the private guards and the few charged residents stopped torturing the victim and alerted the police about him.

The police team responded and rushed the victim to Mulago National Referral Hospital.

The following day of 28.06.2020, he was traced at the hospital by his brother and discharged on 29.06.2020.

While at home, the victim’s condition started deteriorating and he was taken to Mild May Clinic, Sseguku on 30.06.2020, to his personal doctor, Dr Arinda Anita who was treating his bipolar condition since 2018. She referred them to a specialist at Rubaga Hospital, to check if there was a problem with his kidney, since he was not passing urine.

At Rubaga Hospital, he was further referred to Mulago National Referral Hospital, Kiruddu where he died on 3.07.2020.

The task team has established that about three private security guards of SGA and seven others, who responded to the alarm, were behind the violent assault of the victim.

The scene was reconstructed and a few key pieces of evidence including CCTV footage from St Augustine Church, metallic chairs from the visitors’ tent at the banks which were used as a weapon against the victim, a wire rod and relevant witness statements recorded.

We would like to inform the public that the investigations are still open and we have clues about three more suspects who are still at large.

It is very helpful if we avoid speculation and instead avail evidence that is crucial to the matter under inquiry.

We would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to our officer, SGT Okwalinga, the father to the victim, and all family, friends and relatives.

We are also devastated by the senseless murder of a son who had a dream, of working in the veterinary field.

He was an evangelist who was compassionate and always helping out. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

Local defense unit personnel recruitment commences

By Robert Segawa

The Uganda People’s Defence Forces  have started recruiting Local Defense unit ( LDU) personnel to beef up security in villages in Kampala metropolitan  area as directed by the president.

Over 24000 will be recruited in the exercise that will end on 1st of October in the districts of Wakiso ,Kampala and Mukono.

The team leader for the recruitment process in Rubaga municipality Col. Anthony Lukwago told recruits that the process is free of charge.

The army is conducting the recruitment along with other security organs including local leaders.

The head of communication for the exercise in Rubaga Patrick Onyango confirmed that they have so far received over 100 applicants and are going through medical examination.

Those expected to join local defense unit must be Ugandans with national ID, local council letters, with education background of primary seven and senior iv at the age between 18 to 35 years.