A senior police officer who preferred anonymity explained that 28 of the 34 personnel deployed for the operation have deserted the mission. They cited lack of protective gears like gumboots; rain courts and tents.
An operation to evict Balalo pastoralists in Amuru
District is hanging in balance. This is after the 28 policemen deployed for
the exercise abandoned it citing poor working conditions.
Last month, 34 Field Force Unit – FFU police officers under the
command of Charles Agaba, the Senior Commissioner of Police and also the Deputy
Director Crime Intelligence were deployed in Kolo Parish, Lakang
Sub-County. They were backed by 184 Uganda People’s Defense Forces - UPDF
soldiers under the field command of Lt. Col. Mark Ochorokuru on orders of
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
directive was in response to complaints by the local community that the pastoralists
on their land unauthorized and destroying their gardens.
senior police officer who preferred anonymity explained that 28
of the 34 personnel deployed for the operation have deserted the mission. They
cited a lack of protective gears like gumboots; rain courts and tents.
source revealed that Kolo is a vast and very remote area without clean drinking
water and that they are drinking swamp water, which is equally used by the
are also served porridge without sugar and equally eat food without salt.” The
source further exposed.
inside sources divulged that they are in disarray after one of the officers
tested positive for COVID-19. Though the patient was evacuated to Gulu City for
further management, all his contacts remain at large according to the sources.
Emmanuel Bwambale, the Amuru District Police commander refuted claims of
desertion. He explains that only three of the officers have been granted annual
leave while the rest are at their places of deployment.
in: "First of all...
Cue out...people have left?"//
Telesphor Turyamumanya, the UPDF 4th Division Spokesperson says all their
officers are on the ground and can be accounted for. He admitted the team lacks
field protective equipment but said arrangements are underway to deliver them.
//Cue in: "So you must...
Cue out...in the UPDF."//
Up to 2,243 herds of cattle for the pastoralists are grazing on over 10,000
acres of land which government and Madhivani Group of Companies jointly
acquired and surveyed in 2017 for the establishment of a sugar factory. The
land belongs to 209 individuals covers six villages of Kololo, Omee, Pailyech,
Lwak Obito, Lujoro and Bana.
Government has compensated 114 claimants while 95 project affected persons are
yet to be paid.
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.