Patrick Oola Lumumba, the Mayor Bar Dege Layibi division, says that to facilitate the newly formed security committee, community members have agreed to contribute Shillings 1000 per household monthly.
Techo Cell in Bar Dege-Layibi Division in Gulu City have formed a security
committee comprising 7 people including a woman to collaborate with security
forces to fight the increasing criminality involving street kids commonly
referred to as Aguu. The decision stems from a security meeting
held on Sunday afternoon as residents filled gaps in the LCI and LC II
Patrick Oola Lumumba, the Mayor Bar Dege Layibi division, says that to
facilitate the newly formed security committee, community members have agreed
to contribute Shillings 1000 per household monthly. He says that the committee
will report directly to the city mayor but will be supervised by the Gombolola
internal security officer-GISO and the police. According to Lumumba, the
plan is to establish security committees in all the wards and cells in the
division within six months.
Johnson Otim, a resident of Techo Cell in Bar dege Layibi says apparently
security officers including the Police and UPDF are not combing all the dark
spots where the wrong elements hide. Now, with the formation of the community
security committee, Otim hopes that the wrong elements can be uprooted from
their hideouts to allow normalcy to return to their area.
Joyce Aciro, a resident of Lacor trading center in the same
division says that the formation of the security committees is timely, saying
he hopes they can feel the gap of identifying wrong people and have them
arrested. According to Aciro, reporting the wrong elements to security has been
tricky, saying the reporter is often targeted by the suspects for
beating. Bar Dege Layibi division has 48 cells.
Last month, authorities in Kanyagoga reported that properties worth over Shillings
30 million had been stolen between January and April this year.
Michael Ojok is a multi-channel reporter based in Gulu district (Northern Uganda). He is interested in humanitarian stories, culture, conflict, peace, environment, health and education.