The UPDF 5th Division Commander Brigadier General William Bainomugisha says the exercise will majorly focus on areas presumed to have been escape corridors used by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels.
The Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) has started a detonation
exercise to destroy unexploded ordinances in Pader district.
The Pader Resident District Commissioner, Dusman Okee says the
exercise that started on Wednesday will run for two months. It follows a
resolution reached during the district security committee. The committee has
been receiving several reports from the public particularly the farming
communities about the overwhelming numbers of abandoned unexploded ordinances
being recovered in their gardens during the rainy season.
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The UPDF 5th Division Commander Brigadier General William
Bainomugisha says the exercise will majorly focus on areas presumed to have
been escape corridors used by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels.
According to Brig. Gen. Bainomugisha, majority of the unexploded
ordinances earmarked for destruction have been spotted in the Sub Counties of
Latanya, Laguti, Angagura, Acholi Bur, Awere, Lapul and Pajule in Pader district.
Brig. Gen. Bainomugisha adds that the bombs include; rocket propeller
launchers, stick and hand grenade, anti-aircraft bombs and anti-tank mines
amidst other ammunition.
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The Laguti Sub County LCIII Chairperson Christopher Mwaka says the
exercise is a big relief to the farming communities that had initially reported
the discovery of unexploded ordinances in their gardens.
According to Mwaka, the unexploded bombs were discovered last year
in the villages of Tumalyec, Kampala and Ongako in Lapyem parish and the sites have
been restricted to the community.
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The Pader district speaker who doubles as the Latanya Sub County
councillor says farming communities in the villages of Golo, Akino and Latigi
villages in Golo parishes have since been abandoned for fear of the unexploded
Okee says they suspect that more unexploded ordinances are
still scattered in the area and urges the civilian population to always exhibit
extra vigilance and always report any suspicious object which they are not
acquainted with to security for subsequent detonation.