By Spy Uganda
Kampala: Since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, LDU officers have been sighted in various brutal acts that have left a number of Ugandans subjected to cruel and inhumane treatment which has lead to loss of lives due to torture, shooting and killing, some thing that has left many Ugandans angry over their existence as a security unit.
It is against this background that the Human Rights lawyers under the Legal Aid Service Providers Network-LASPNET called for the immediate disbandment of the Unit so as to restore peace to angry Ugandans who are traumatized by their acts which they have branded unruly.
In a press briefing at Piato restaurant in Kampala today, LASPNET executive director, Sylvia Namubiru Mukasa identified some of the causalities as 65-year-old Francis Ogwanga Munu in Oyam district and Jacquline Nagasha in Masaka who was shot together with Francis Musasizi by her estranged husband Private Robert Muyaga.
She also cited the case of 25-year-old Willis Oloya who was shot by LDUs in Agago district leading to the amputation of his leg and the torture of Mityana LC V chairperson Joseph Luzige by four LDU officers.
Namubiru said it is upon this background that they want parliament to engage the Internal Affairs Ministry to disband the LDUs, saying they are no longer serving the purpose for which they were recruited.
The lawyers also called upon the Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola and the Chief of Defense Forces Gen. David Muhoozi to exercise their powers stipulated in section 4(1)(a) of the Police Act and the section 29(2)(b) UPDF Act 2005 respectively to professionalize and modern the forces under their command.
Namubiru noted that amidst all the criminal activities by security officers, only a handful of cases have been arraigned before courts of law.
Namubiru also asked government to pronounce the filling of the vacant position of the chairperson of Uganda Human Rights Commission-UHRC following the demise of its former Chairman late Med Kaggwa.