One might say that it had even taken long to suspend the Local Defense Unit officers (LDUs) from their work, following what might we are comfortable calling their ‘unprofessional way’ of dealing with public especially when it came to the enforcement of the government directives aimed at stopping the spread of Covid19.
Due to public outcry aroused by the torture which many LDU officers were exercising on citizens, assault, shooting, unlawful arrests of members of the public among others, a fortnight ago Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) which is responsible for them had to withdraw them from any active operations.
They were then taken to Kakiri Military Barracks for refresher training and during this training, conducted by UPDF and Police instructors, they were trained afresh in civil policing, law, human rights among other things.
According to Flavia Byekwaso the newly appointed Spokesperson UPDF, their return comes in following the increased level of criminality especially at night for the period they have been away.
They were on Tuesday the 11th of August allowed to resume work but under three strict standard operating procedures which are;
- To resume work ONLY at night to support Uganda Police to curtail criminal activities
- They shall participate in intelligence led operations on specific targets on request and in support of Uganda Police
- They shall not participate in the daytime enforcement of Covid19 directives outlined Ministry of Health and the president of Uganda.
Meanwhile their return has turned a subject of discussion of social media with users sharing their thoughts about their return to work
“Oh LDUs working at night, more people are going to be killed. God see us through.” Tweeted a one Eddie Pages. “Let them at this time work professionally to keep law and order.LDUs should not use their guns again to kill innocent civilians.” Said another twitter user Kizito Simon.