Police and the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces -UPDF are conducting voluntary and forceful disarmament in the sub-region located in the neighbourhood of the armed communities of Turkana in Kenta and Toposa in South Sudan's Toposa.
Capt. Albert Arinaitwe, the 3rd Division Spokesman says over 70% of gun recoveries and cattle thefts are recorded from Kotido district. He notes that while other districts within Karamoja have tried to engage locals against the acts of theft and illegal possession of firearms, Kotido has remained adamant.
Security officials in Lira district have offered a two month amnesty and a chance for persons still holding onto illegal fire arms to hand them in and not face prosecution. Manshur Suwed, Central North regional police spokesperson, says the two month blanket amnesty is intended to promote peaceful recovery of illegal firearms.
Police in Tororo Municipality are holding a security guard suspected of shooting to death his colleague. Emmanuel Oketch (30) was deployed by JAG Security Company at Uganda College of Commerce Tororo - UCC located in North Budama Sub County in Tororo district.
Security operatives in Gulu district say they have recovered at least 35 guns and over 100 rounds of ammunition from illegal possession since December 22nd last year, when a shoot-to-kill operation was launched against armed robbers.