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The Kitgum District LC V Chairperson, Jackson Omona says the operation follows reports of increased presence of secondary students at night events meant for adults. He cited specific cases of young boys and girls attending corporate nights, a social gathering meant for working class adults that is held every last Friday of the month.
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Local leaders in Kitgum district plan to start operations to arrest teenagers found attending night events this third term holidays.  

The Kitgum District LC V Chairperson, Jackson Omona says the operation follows reports of increased presence of secondary students at night events meant for adults.

He cited specific cases of young boys and girls attending corporate nights, a social gathering meant for working class adults that is held every last Friday of the month.  

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Omona says they will not hesitate to arrest such young people found hanging out in clubs, hotels or pubs hosting ‘corporate’ night events.  

He says those arrested will be subjected to punishment, saying they will be taken to slash grass along the banks of Pager River. Omona advised parents to be watchful of their children’s movement to avoid them falling victims of the coming operations.

Wilson Nyeko, the Labongo Amida Sub-county chairperson, says they have already alerted the Sub county security team to keep watchful eyes of any discos that will be hosted in his area in the coming market days.

He says young girls and boys who will be found attending night discos will be arrested, detained and fined Shillings 50,000, adding that their parents will also be arrested and subjected to community work.    

  Nyeko says there are four pending market days next month in Opete, Chai and Akworo that always attract young people and notes that they will not accept children to attend such gatherings.

Local leaders believe such night gatherings negatively impact on the social lives of young boys and girls leading to early marriage, teenage pregnancy and consequently school dropout.

At Kitgum General Hospital, over 60 percent of monthly deliveries at the facility are by young girls between the ages of 15 to 17.