The Local Defence Unit (LDU) this year surfaced as an incarnation of the disbanded Crime Preventer force. Like we earlier showed you in our “The Unseen Reason behind LDU recruitments” series, the self styled brutal force has turned out a public reject before the public domain. In this series, we projected the main intent behind the formation of this militia wing which was obviously to combat the ever growing People Power movement of Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu.
The election timing itself manifests substantial explanations for the rise of this regime loyalist force. Similar to the preceding Crime Preventer unit, the LDU has indulged in a series of expeditious atrocities. A memorial example was earlier this year in Mbarara where one of the Army Green dressed LDU enforcement officer held a civilian by the neck and mercilessly tortured him as a police officer tried to bar him from killing the suspect.
In Makindye, LDU troops shot dead a 21 year old and abandoned him in a blood pool where he breathed his last. In Kyengera, Musa an LDU attachee was nabbed in theft. Latest was a minister’s own son facing a severe beating administered by the very LDU his father seconded on behalf of the regime. The crime list is endless and tremendously advances each day with more innocent Ugandans falling victim to the brutality.
On many streets of Kampala, it is almost difficult to walk five steps without encountering an LDU officer. The troops normally stage foot patrols in the night hours and net innocent people from whom they extort millions of money.
On August, 25 we cast a poll where we placed an inquest into the works of the LDU. Our question read, “Has the LDU programme helped solve crime in Uganda?” Many people took part in the vote casting where 95% clearly stood against the question while 5% deemed the LDU as a peacekeeping force. Majority of Ugandan families have at least had a relative held captive in the hands of the LDU according to a well investigated research conducted by our reporter. This alone has made the LDU lose the public goodwill.
Katayira Frank pinned the LDU as the masterminds of crime. “Instead they are killing people for no reason”, he said.
“In fact, it has helped increase the crime rates in Uganda”, Barbra Hazel another Uganda said on her Facebook.