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Karenga Donates Land for Police Station

Karenga District LC V Chairperson, Phillip Lochaale, says that they requested Lokori Sub County to identify and allocate land to the Uganda Police Force for the establishment of a police station in the area to boost security along the border.

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Lokori Sub County in Karenga district has allocated 10 square acres of land for the construction of a police station. The land is adjacent to the sub-county headquarters and about 25 kilometers to the Uganda – South Sudan border.  

Local authorities say they need the police station to reduce illegal entries into Uganda and smuggling along the Uganda-South Sudan border.

  Karenga District LC V Chairperson, Phillip Lochaale, says that they requested Lokori Sub County to identify and allocate land to the Uganda Police Force for the establishment of a police station in the area to boost security along the border.  

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Lokori is a key route for smugglers of Super match cigarettes from South Sudan into Uganda. Karimojong warriors also use the same route to access illegal firearms from South Sudan. Like Kenya, South Sudan is a source of illegal firearms for Karimojong warriors.  

Steven Onencan, the Kidepo Region Police Commander has lauded the leadership of Karenga district and community of Lokori Sub County for providing land to the police force, adding that they have already secured a title for the land. He said other communities in need of police services of mainly keeping law and order should do the same.  

Onencan revealed that construction of the police station at Lokori is expected to commence around July this year after identifying a contractor. The Development Initiative for Northern Uganda (DINU) and the Office of the Prime Minister are expected to bankroll the project at undisclosed among of money. 

Last week, a team of officers from the police headquarters and Kidepo region visited the proposed site. Karenga Resident District Commissioner, Samuel Hashak asked the police leadership to involve his office and district leadership in monitoring the project to ensure value for money.

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Lokori police station will become the third police station in Karenga district after CPS Karenga and Kapedo police station once built.    

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