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Karenga Warriors Ignore Two Weeks Ultimatum To Return Illegal Firearms

Early last month, the district security committee gave the armed warriors up to two weeks to come out of the jungle and use the amnesty window to surrender illegal firearms in their possession. However, the time has elapsed without any single gun recovered and the security situation is worsening despite several security peace dialogues.
The Joint security forces during a review meeting in Karenga district

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The ultimatum set for the Karimojong Warriors in Karenga district to come out of the jungle and surrender the illegal firearms has elapsed without success.

Early last month, the district security committee gave the armed warriors up to two weeks to come out of the jungle and use the amnesty window to surrender illegal firearms in their possession. 

However, the period given has elapsed without any single gun recovered and the security situation is worsening despite several security peace dialogues.

The warriors have also warned the communities against cooperating with the security agencies or else they risk being killed. The district has seen a surge in insecurity, especially violent and armed attacks on both civilians and security personnel by suspected Karimojong warriors.

Filbert Ocailap, the Karenga Resident District Commissioner said that they have tried all avenues of mobilizing the warriors to surrender guns but they have paid deaf ears. Ocailap revealed that since the two weeks Ultimatum was set, no single gun has been recovered from the warriors yet the insecurity is getting out of hand.

He noted that the security matters in the district should not be taken for granted because the warriors seem to be not ready to embrace peace. Ocailap warned that they cannot continue to watch warriors frustrate the development in the district yet security is capable of containing the situation.

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Felix Lochale, the LC5 chairperson of Karenga district, the warriors have always been sending agents to attend the security meetings who afterwards deliver reports back to them in the jungles.

Lochale said that since the names of the suspected warriors were released in public, the warriors have started threatening and hunting for the people who generated the list. He added that people are living in fear because the warriors are hunting for people who are in touch with the security forces.

Lochale also noted that the warriors are currently living with the community and it is high time for the security to step up their efforts to deal with the criminals frustrating peace in the district.

He wondered why security forces are taking time to deal with the criminals who stay within the community and known to people instead of apprehending them.

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Maj. Gen Don Nabasa, the UPDF 3rd division Commander, noted that the problem of insecurity has shifted to Karenga district that has been peaceful.

Nabasa observed that the warriors have taken advantage of the mountainous areas in the district as their safe haven.

He said that the leaders have always been defending the communities of Karenga district branding them as peaceful people who cannot raid. 

He added that the security has been concentrating on other districts which were pausing threats but never bothered about Karenga because of its peaceful coexistence.

He said that since the warriors have refused to comply with the Presidential amnesty window, the joint security will take all necessary measures to restore people in the district.

Nabasa revealed that they are already drawing the operational plan to intensify serious operations to weed out the wrong elements.

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Meanwhile, the security forces also noted that their efforts to apprehend the wrong people have been frustrated by the community who does not want to share the information with the security team.

Wilson Tumwesigye, the Karenga District Police Commander noted that they have tried everything possible to convince the community to release the information about the culprits all in vain. He said that they have failed to bring the culprits to book because their Community members is not cooperating in sharing the information with the security forces.

He reiterated that there is a need for the urgent engagements with the communities to build trust and work together to end the insecurity.

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Meanwhile, Elias Kassirabo, the Commandant Anti Stock Theft Unit noted that the forces should act in a coordinated manner to command and control the forces to manage the intelligence.

He said that the issue of confidentiality has disconnected the local people to distance them from the security and yet they are highly needed in the fight against cattle rustlers who live in the same Communities.

Kassirabo noted that the community is always very cooperative in the fight against criminalities and the forces should find better alternatives of building confidentiality among the people who provide the information.

He observed that the security has got a capacity to contain the situation so long as the community and the local leadership will cooperate together for a common goal of peace.

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