Just days after the withdrawal of LDUs, areas of Kampala have resumed witnessing serious cases of crime, the latest being an attack on Tiani Plastic Factory in the early morning hours of Monday.
The incident occurred at around 3am trageting Tiani Plastic Factory at Komamboga zone in Kanyanya, Kawempe Division when unknown thugs climbed over the perimeter wall using a rope.
According to an impeccable security source, on getting into the factory premises, the thugs tied up two policemen identified as PC Bahwera Jonan and PC Odikor Lawrence who were guarding the premises.
“They then broke into the room hosting the Company manager identified as Liang Jun Quing, a Chinese national and asked him to give them money or they would gun him down using weapons secured from Police guards,” says the source.
“Liang showed them the company’s strong room which was breached and Cash worth Shs 16 million and an airtel line with credit of Shs 4 million was stolen,” he added.
According to the source, the thugs walked away with other items which include a 50 inch Flat TV screen, Office computers and CCTV DVR.
He says a night duty factory employee identified as Jose Rodgers is said to have aided the robbers by guiding them to their targets and finally escaped with the thugs.
The thugs abandoned the guns in the Factory before fleeing.
The hunt for the thugs as well as Jose Rodgers is currently on to aid investigations.
Police has not yet issued a statement.
Defense spokesperson, Brig Gen Richard Karemire on Friday last week told this news website that the army scaled down deployment and redeployed LDUs to conduct patrols to keep criminality at bay, and to other vital installations like factories, while some of them were scheduled for fresher training as part of UPDF’s continued professionalization.
SoftPower News understands that LDU refresher training has kicked off today at Kakiri Barracks with all the personnel of the 10 Battalions of the LDUs operating in Kampala Metropolitan Policing (KMP) Area.
The Deputy Commander Land Forces, Maj Gen Sam Kavuma, who launched the training hailed the LDUs for reversing the undesirable security situation that had prevailed in KMP such as robberies, kidnappings and economic sabotage on factories among others.
The recruitment of LDUs was aimed at enhancing the existing foundation of security in the country to fight crime and ensure continued security of people and their property.
Prior to their recruitment and subsequent deployment, there was a spate of crime in, especially Kampala Metropolitan area. To the LDU’s credit, alongside other security agencies, the rate of crime exponentially reduced.
The emerging cases of crime including yesterday’s attack on Tiani Plastic Factory happening only days after the withdrawal of LDUs explains their role and fears that their continued stay away from operations may worsen the situation.