JUST IN! President Museveni Reactivates LDU’s in Western Uganda amidst increased ADF attacks

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President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni also Commander In Chief of the Armed Forces has today, 20th December, 2023 ordered for the reactivation of Local Defence Units (LDU’s) in Western Uganda.

“Since the terrorists cowardly attack soft targets in the form of unarmed civilians, we are reactivating our old method of transforming the village soft targets into lethal local hard points. We are not short of manpower,” he said.

The LDU’s have specifically been reactivated in the areas surrounding Queen Elizabeth National Parks, Kibaale Forests, the forests in Kyenjojo and Kagadi, Semuliki National Park.

The President revealed this in a statement he issued in response to the Monday’s attack on Kyitehurizi village, Kyabandara parish, Kamwenge sub-county in Kamwenge District where suspected ADF rebels killed 10 people.

“On account of these repeated atrocities by these infiltrators from Congo, I have directed the UPDF to reactivate the force of the LDUs in the areas surrounding Queen Elizabeth National Parks, Kibaale Forests, the forests in Kyenjojo and Kagadi, Semuliki National Park,” President Museveni says.

Museveni says, the 10 people who were killed on Monday were crop night watchmen against monkeys from the forest and some avuumbi (those who go for alcohol sessions). The latter were found in a small village bar. One young girl escaped from the killers.

The President says, the group had crossed back to Congo but came back. They are the group that killed the children of Nyabugaando School, killed the two tourists and their driver and burnt the onion truck.

“About a week ago, the CMI and the SFC Commandos destroyed a squad of 3 of that group including Kamusu that had replaced Njovu as the group leader. Kamusu was shot although we have not seen his dead body yet,” he says adding that, the other two bodies and their guns were abandoned by the terrorists at the encounter point.