The Uganda People Defense Forces (UPDF) is set to recruit 2000 Local Defense Unit (LDU) personnel in Acholi, Karamoja and West Nile regions.
Upon training, they are expected to strengthen the spongy Uganda-South Sudan border security and avert cattle theft.
Maj. Telesphor Turyamumanya, the UPDF 4th Division spokesperson says the imminent enrollment is also aimed at complementing the efforts of the army and Anti-Stock Theft Unit (ASTU) along the border lines.
Maj Turyamumanya said: “The green light was given by the Commander in Chief, President Yoweri Museveni following repeated cases of livestock thefts by armed tribes in the Eastern Equatorial State of South Sudan.”
Locals of Agoro Sub County in Lamwo district have for long suffered erratic attacks by suspected Lokwa, Dongotona, Ketebo, and Lorwama armed tribes that caused loss of many livestock.
The Agoro Sub-County Chairperson, Denish Onyon told TND News correspondent says that several households in Agula-Odiciri and central villages of Agoro have lost at least 100 animals at the commencement of 2018.
In May, one person suspected to be a rustler was gunned down by the UPDF in an attack on the Agoro community, Jonathan Rutabingwa, the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) of Lamwo says.
“The rustlers have disturbed border districts of Acholi, Karamoja and West Nile Sub-regions,” he added.