The influx of South Sudanese refugees in Lamwo district is
overwhelming the police.
The refugees fleeing hunger and fresh hostilities are resettled in
Paluda camp located in Palabek Ogili sub-county.
Julius Kawuma, the Resettlement Camp Commandant under the Office
of the Prime Minister - OPM says at least 500 South Sudanese refugees arrive in
the district through Apiritii and Ngomoromo reception centres every week.
Kawuma told URN that the Paluda resettlement camp harbouring over
41,000 refugees and the number is expected to rise which requires adequate
security to ensure peace and stability of both refugees and host community.
Residents have always protested against the inadequate police
personnel in the camps, which has given rise to criminal activities.
The Lamwo District Police Commander, Moses Eliau Osega says that
the resettlement camp is being manned by only 11 police officers, which implies
that each police officer serves over 3,700 refugees.
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However, Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa River Region Police
Spokesperson says that many officers retire whereas others die in line of duty
and recruitment are hampered by resource limitations.
Lamwo District Resident Commissioner James Nabinson Kidega, disclosed
cases of refugees turning rowdy, looting from their hosts and merchants have
Some sub-counties in the district do not have police outpost given
the manpower shortage among the police department.
Kidega says that over 300 recently recruited Local Defense Unit – LDUs will be
deployed to reinforce the police.