By Dramadri Federick

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Arua district: Arua district Corona virus taskforce leaders have commended the performance of the Local Defense Unit LDU officers following the lifting of some of the restrictions by the government of Uganda.

The District Police Commander Arua district SSP Denis Ochama reveals that the officers did a recommendable job especially during this COVID 19 period.

Over the five months period since the Corona virus broke in, the district had limited number of the police officers; insufficient to implement these directives looking at the curfew hours, the ban on the various activities coupled with the transport challenges in the district. I think the recalling of these officers is still a big threat especially to Arua because of its location as the government slowly lifts restrictions.

The acting district health officer Paul Bishop Drileba equally decries the recall saying it’s a disaster.

I think the recall of these officers will affect us so much and with the lifting of ban on bodaboda operations; the rate of infections might increase. The reason we do not have so many people quarantined is just because of the LDU officers.

However the Resident City Commissioner Arua city Nahori Oya who heads the Corona virus taskforce says leaders need to engage the community in improving on their vigilance so as to prevent wide spread of the disease.

The government of Uganda recruited the Local Defense Unit LDU officers which he termed to be the reserved forces were later deployed to help reinforce the security during the COVID 19 lockdown in a bid to enforce the presidential directives.

Over time the public have raised concerns over the brutality of the LDU officers while implementing the presidential directives.  These allegations among others include torture, bribery which made the government to withdraw the officers with the aim of equipping them with the knowledge on human rights. End