officers have been deployed in the Karamoja region. The deployment is seen as a boost to the security
in the region aimed at cracking down on armed warriors and cattle rustling.
deployment comes as police and UPDF are carrying out a disarmament exercise in the region. There
are about 500 illegal guns in the region which the joint forces are targeting
to remove by February next year.
Police Spokesperson, Michael Longole described the new deployment as key and
strategic to the insecurity needs of the region. He said that they would beef
up security in the region.
the deployment that includes 1,200 ASTU officers and 300 regular police will
allow the security forces to curb criminality and ensure peace prevails.
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Police records, 150 people have been killed by the warriors and 73 cattle
rustlers killed by government forces since November 2020 when raids resumed.
13, 000 heads of cattle were reportedly stolen and 9,000 recovered.
forces in the region are currently sensitizing communities in Karamoja to voluntarily hand over guns and embrace government programs meant for poverty alleviation.
commanders as well regional police are conducting regular meetings with elders
and youth to encourage those who have fled their homes to return and hand over their
reception centers have also been established in each parish to facilitate voluntary
disarmament through the local leaders as the army is enforcing forceful
the joint forces have also recovered 120 guns with 1,200 live ammunition.
However, police say there are more illegal guns within the region.
At least 500
Karimojongs including youths have been arrested in connection to possession of
illegal firearms with about 350 convicted by the court-martial.