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.
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
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.