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UGANDA: 2 LDUs accused of torturing Mityana District Chairman acquitted

UGANDA: 2 LDUs accused of torturing Mityana District Chairman acquitted

AFRICA, UGANDA
KAMPALA – The Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces’ (UPDF) 1st Division Court Martial chaired by Col Sam Mugyenyi has acquitted two Local Defence Unit (LDU) Personnel of the charge of assault causing bodily harm to Mityana District Chairperson, Mr. Joseph Luzige. The court also reduced the same charge placed against a third militant to common assault after the complainant was found to have falsely accused the militants and initiated the scuffle. The trio; LDU Okello Isaac, LDU Odeke Solomon and Lance Corporal Angulia Simon Peter had been arrested and charged for assault causing bodily harm following an incident of July 7,2020 where they were filmed in a scuffle with the LC V Chairman as they enforced the COVID-19 directives and allegedly injured his eye. The two LDUs were acquitted whe...
UGANDA: Lad found with army uniform, arrested LDUs resume operations

UGANDA: Lad found with army uniform, arrested LDUs resume operations

AFRICA, UGANDA
According to the deputy UPDF spokesperson, Lt.Col.Deo Akiiki, the incident happened at Mayangayanga village, Kimenyedde sub county in Mukono district when Brian Kilinda,23 was found with several military gears. “He was found with one digital army peck, two army t-shirts, three head gears, one beret and an AMISOM badge. He claims that he got them from a family friend who is now on a peacekeeping mission in Somalia,” Akiiki said. The deputy army spokesperson noted that the suspect is currently detained at Naggalama police station as investigations into the case continue. Local Defence Unit personnel resumed operations after completing a two -week refresher course at the Kakiri military barracks. The move to have 10 LDU battalions in Kampala go for a refresher course stemmed from...
UGANDA: LDUs resume operations after completing refresher course

UGANDA: LDUs resume operations after completing refresher course

AFRICA, UGANDA
According to the army spokesperson, Brig.Flavia Byekwaso, following the withdraw of the LDU personnel, several incidents of criminality have increased especially at night. “Severally, local leaders and the general public have petitioned security leaders to re-engage them in order to contain the situation. Following indepth consultations with security stake holders, we have agreed that LDUs who have undergone and completed their training resume operations only at night in support of the Uganda Police Force to curtail criminal activities,”Brig.Byekwaso said in a statement. In the past, LDUs have been accused of conducting self-initiated operations where they have robbed members of the public but according to the army spokesperson, the personnel will now participate in intelligence led...
UGANDA: LDUs resume training in riot control.

UGANDA: LDUs resume training in riot control.

AFRICA, UGANDA
Police have started training Local Defence Unit (LDU) personnel, who were withdrawn from Kampala Metropolitan area after high incidents of human rights abuse, in riot control tactics. The LDUs are being trained by Field Force Unit instructors on how to use riot control equipment and tactics that are considered to be less lethal than military weapons they (LDUs) often carry. Police instructors are now training them on tactical methods of arrest, crowd control and the use of tear gas shell launchers. Two weeks ago, the Defence Ministry said LDUs were undergoing refresher training at Kakiri military barracks. The training will cover 10 LDU battalions, which is around 8,000 personnel. After training, the LDU personnel will be redeployed to the city streets during the election peri...
UGANDA: Hon Kyagulanyi charges the government to address on lockdown deaths.

UGANDA: Hon Kyagulanyi charges the government to address on lockdown deaths.

AFRICA, UGANDA
Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi, alias , has asked government to explain the killing of 15 Ugandans who were gunned down by Local Defence Unit (LDU) personnel during the lockdown. “While the coronavirus has not killed a single Ugandan, government security personnel, including LDUs and others, have killed many people, tortured Ugandans and mutilated others in the name of enforcing Covid-19 related restrictions,” Mr Kyagulanyi told the press at his offices in Kamwokya yesterday. The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) spokesperson, Brig Richard Karemire, said most of their errant officers who committed some of the crimes have since been arrested, charged or convicted and jailed on varying charges. “Like today (yesterday), we have sentenced one of them to 20 years in jail. We a...
SECURITY: UPDF speaks on LDU personnel who assaulted Mityana LC5 chairman

SECURITY: UPDF speaks on LDU personnel who assaulted Mityana LC5 chairman

AFRICA, UGANDA
The UPDF has apologized over an incident in which Mityana LC5 chairman, Joseph Luzige was assaulted by Local Defence Unit personnel while enforcing the presidential guidelines on Coronavirus. In an unprecedented manner on Tuesday evening, a group of four LDU personnel were captured shoving the Mityana district LC5 chairman as he tried to explain something to them. In the recording, the men armed with both guns and sticks are seen walking away with Luzige as locals gathered to watch what was happening. Luzige later said that he was shoved for intervening as the LDU personnel beat up a woman as they enforced presidential directive on Coronavirus. However, according to the army spokesperson, Brig.Richard Karemire, it was an unfortunate incident as a patrol squad on routine duty i...
UGANDA: LDU personnel accused of murder pleads guilty.

UGANDA: LDU personnel accused of murder pleads guilty.

AFRICA, UGANDA
A Local Defence Unit (LDU) personnel who is accused of murdering a 65-year-old man in Oyam District, has pleaded guilty.  Pt Jolly Thomas Opoka, 22, told the Army Court Martial sitting at Amati Primary School, in Oyam District that he’s responsible for the death of Francis Ogwang Munu.  Munu, who was a resident of Amati Parish, died on June 27 after allegedly being beaten by security operatives who were enforcing the ongoing curfew to control the spread of coronavirus.  “I found him lying under a table. I tried to wake him up by kicking him. He stood up and pleaded with me not to kill him,”’ Pt Opoka told court on Monday. Pt Opoka opened up after prosecution presented seven witnesses who all testified how he kicked and stabbed the deceased with a gun bayonet.&nb...
SECURITY: General Mbadi warns Karamojong LDUs against hiring guns to criminals.

SECURITY: General Mbadi warns Karamojong LDUs against hiring guns to criminals.

AFRICA, UGANDA
Local Defence Unit (LDU) personnel in Karamoja have been warned against any attempt to hire out guns and uniforms to civilians to use it for committing crimes. The warning was made by Lt Gen. Wilson Mabdai, the Deputy Chief of Defence Forces on Friday, January 24 while passing out 3,000 LDUs that were undergoing training at Olilim army training school in Katakwi district “Today we are passing you out your most welcome to the UPDF family but please keep discipline and protect the weapons no gun or Uniform should be hired out to civilians to commit crimes,” he warned. Brig. Joseph Balikudembe, the 3rd division commander explained that the 3,000 personnel were recruited within the regions under 3rd division that includes Teso, Sebei, Bugisu, Busogo and Karamoja. Brig. Ba...