Members of Parliament from Karamoja are concerned about the
presence of guns in the region.
According to Terence Naco Achia, the Bokora County MP in Napak district, cattle
rustling, killing and theft has returned in the region after 15 years of peace following
the disarmament process.
He says the security personnel in the region has failed to control the killings and cattle rustling.
Achia cited the killing of the LC3 Chairperson for Rupa Sub County in Moroto,
Dan Apollo by a Local Defence Unit-LDU officer.
He says there is need for Government to take special interest in
Karamoja and deploy security personnel to ensure that there are no guns.
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Richard Oseku, the Kibale County MP says his car was shot at while in
Kotido last Friday. He says there are a lot of things in Karamoja including
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Bildard Moses Adome, the Jie County MP says the guns are now
common in Karamoja, and many cattle thieves in the region. Adome attributes
the insecurity in the region to laxity of security officials who sometimes aid
the cattle thieves.
The Minister of State for Internal Affairs Maria Obiga Kania admitted that the
security in the area is deteriorating.
He says they are increasing security presence in the area to
contain the process.