Kamdini civilian killing: Three LDUs to face army court

An LDU filimed beating up a Kampala young fruit vendor this year. Courtesy photo.


Oyam—29, June 2020: In Uganda, Local Defense Units (LDUs) personnel have killed many Ugandans during this Covid-19 era than the virus itself, many Ugandans have ever said.

According to a Police data, over 4,000 people, since March have been arrested for violating curfew as Uganda battle with novel coronavirus.

The curfew is jointly being enforced by the UPDF, Police and LDU personnel.

In Kamdini Town Council, Oyam South—Oyam district, a civilian was slayed with over three hours to curfew time.

Francis Ogwang Munu was murdered by a group of LDUs on Saturday evening, around 5pm, a local leader told this digital publication at the weekend.

“He was returning from a clan meeting and had just branched to a local restaurant to have a late lunch at about 5pm.”

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Following Munu’s brutal and unjustifiable killing by the LDUs, locals, leaders and activists have been calling for actions against the armed men.

This digital publication on Monday morning learnt that a meeting between residents of Kamdini and their leaders took place with Police and UPDF officials to plan ways forward.

A meeting between Kamdini residents, UPDF, UPF and deceased relatives at Kamdini Police Station on Sunday

“Members of Oyam Community, it is only fair to share with you resolutions of yesterday’s meeting with UPDF and Uganda Police at Kamdini CPS,” Patrick Obura, a resident of Kamdini and an aspirant for Oyam South MP, in the forthcoming “scientific elections” informed the Oyam Community via their WhatsApp group, on Monday morning.

According to Mr Obura, the followings were the resolutions:

1. The UPDF/UPF allowed to meet burial expenses of the late Ogwang Francis Munu to a tune of Uganda shillings 4million.

2. Trial and Court martial for the 3 LDU staff to be held at Kamdini.

3. UPDF to treat the 9 torture victims at their Achol-pii Health facility effective today.

4. We asked the UPDF and UPF to work with the community, or else we shall mobilise and beat to death those unprofessional LDUs. They (security) committed to having a refresher of the current team before being deployed at Kamdini again.

5. We noted, the previous field commander who was changed was more effective and thus requested he is reinstated.

The burial of the late Ogwang Munu is tomorrow, Tuesday at Amati, he added.

Michael Odongo, the North Kyoga Regional Police Spokesperson who spoke to our Kamdini-based correspondent on Saturday, said the LDUs had gone for the operation without the knowledge of their superior.

The three under detention are: No. 028496 Pvt Okumu Felix, No. 028741 Pvt Opoka Thomas Jolly and No. 193669 Corp Ogwang Godfrey.

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