Gen. Muhoozi said that the first phase of the operation will commence with the eviction of all pastoralists occupying government lands. He directed that security personnel in the region should embark on the exercise with immediate effect.
Security personnel comprising of the Police and UPDF soldiers on foot began their operations to disperse the revelers as early as 9 pm. By 11 pm, major hangouts and social gatherings like 4U Bar and Restaurant, Password, KSP, Acholi Inn, and Bjs, among others were ordered to close as revelers left in disappointment.
Bishop James Ochan, of the National Fellowship of Born-Again Acholi Sub-region, says regardless of how much one has been hurt, what matters is forgiveness and reconciliation because then there will be a better peaceful coexistence between the two parties.
Swaib Taban, the Gulu District Police Commander says having been tipped off about the existence of the illegal gunmen in the communities, and the force has launched an operation to have them arrested and investigated.
According to Omara, the mob caught the suspect and beat him up leaving him unconscious and was rescued by the police for emergency medical attention at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital. However, Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson David Ongom Mudong says that the suspect succumbed to his injuries on Thursday.
Speaking to Uganda Radio Network in an interview, Bishop Loum notes that the intervention of the government to pursue the ADF rebels in the neighboring is welcomed but cautioned that it shouldn’t spill into another operation and confrontation with neighbors.
The Fourth Infantry Division Commander Brig. Bonny Bamwiseki noted that whereas there are genuine people dealing in the metal scrap business, some bad people can take advantage to use the materials for other ill motives.
Anatolie Muleterwa, the Head of Community Policing said that it is time for the LCs to revive the registers to enable them to know the residents in their areas as well as profile them in a bid to weed out the wrong elements.
Rev. Father David Okello Opiro, the Curate of Holy Rosary Parish noted that the decision was reached by the church`s leadership adding that no bag and suspicious material regardless of their sizes or type will be allowed inside premises of the churches, a decision he says aims at protecting the lives of the people.
Denise Odongpiny, the Gulu Resident City Commissioner who also doubles as the Gulu City Security Committee Chairperson, says that the resolution to ban public transporters from the streets is part of the committee’s move to reorganize the city and contain crime.
David Ongom Mudong, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson told URN in an interview that the suspects were arrested in connection with criminal acts ranging from the theft of phones and handbags, motorcycle theft, robbery, rape, and smoking opium.
Christo Omara Balmoi, the Gulu City Engineer told URN in an interview that the City Council had earmarked 50 million to repair some of those broken solar street lights under the Uganda Road Fund in this financial year but that the delay in the release of the second quarter funding has frustrated their move since they had planned to start work mid last month.
David Mudong Ongom, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson told URN in an interview that the suspects were rounded up alongside 20 men found drinking in illegal bars while others were arrested after being found roaming in the city center beyond 7pm.