The Uganda People’s Defense Forces-UPDF has dismissed allegations that President Yoweri Museveni has ordered for the suspension of activities by the Local Defense Unit-LDU.
Speaking to Uganda Radio Network, Maj. Bilal Katamba, the spokesperson of the Local Defence Unit said that they are going about their job normally. He added that if it were true, he would have information to that effect.
“The truth is they are still operational; in the military, they say as it were; there is no change. We don’t work on rumours, we don’t work on social media. We get official communication from radio messages and that’s when we can act but for now, treat that as falsehoods,” Katamba noted.
Social media has since Thursday been awash with stories that LDU activities have been suspended by President Museveni. This comes at a time when Ugandans are protesting the behavior of LDUs who have constantly went on torturing and killing Ugandans in the name of enforcing the Presidential directives on Covid-19.
Horrifying videos have made rounds on social media showing the auxiliary arm of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) battering unarmed civilians in several parts of the country. On Tuesday, July 7, LDU and UPDF personnel were captured assaulting the Mityana district chairman Joseph Luzige.
The UPDF has since apologized for the incident and promised to carry out a comprehensive review of the activities of their forces especially during the enforcement of COVID-19 regulations.