LAMWO. The Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) is set to recruit 2000 Local Defense Unit (LDU) personnel in Acholi, Karamoja and West Nile regions. The personnel will strengthen the leaky Uganda-South Sudan border security and prevent livestock theft.
Maj Telesphor Turyamumanya, the UPDF 4th Division spokesperson says the pending recruitment is aimed at complementing the efforts of the army and Anti-Stock Theft Unit (ASTU) along the border lines.
Maj Turyamumanya said the decision was given the green light by the Commander in Chief, President Yoweri Museveni following repeated cases of livestock theft by armed tribes in the Eastern Equatorial State of South Sudan.
Residents of Agoro Sub County in Lamwo district have experienced sporadic attacks by suspected Lokwa, Ketebo, Dongotona and Lorwama armed tribes that led to the loss of livestock.
Denis Onyon, the Agoro Sub-County Chairperson says that several households in Agula-Odiciri and Central villages of Agoro have lost more than 100 animals since the beginning of the year.
In May, one rustler was gunned down by the UPDF in an attack on the Agoro community according to Jonathan Rutabingwa, the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) of Lamwo.
He said that the rustlers have troubled border districts of Acholi, Karamoja and West Nile Sub-regions.