William Komakech, the Kitgum Resident District Commissioner says that the closure of the police post is in line with the policy that requires police posts with less than three personnel and human resource to be closed.
The Kitgum District security committee has recommended for the
immediate closure of Okidi Police Post in Labongo Amida Sub County over limited
William Komakech, the Kitgum Resident District Commissioner says
that the closure of the police post is in line with the policy that requires
police posts with less than three personnel and human resource to be closed.
The officer in charge and his assistant who were based at the
police post have both been recalled and deployed at Kitgum Central Police
Station and at Labongo Amida Sub County police outpost.
Komakech says that the security committee recommended that the structures
of the post that will be used by teachers of Okidi Primary School for their accommodation.
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However Denis Opoka, the LCI Chairperson says enforcement of law
and order will be affected since Kitgum Central Police Station and Labongo
Amida Sub County Police Outposts are 12 and 16 kilometres respectively from the
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Evelyn Ajok; a local resident of Anyuka village anticipates that
with closure of police post, the rate of criminal cases and lawlessness will
increase since criminals will take advantage of the absence of police personnel
in the area.
“Cases of thefts, assaults,
robberies, housebreakings, accidents, sexual-related offences and domestic
violence, child-related abuses that had reduced are expected to skyrocket”,
The police post was built in 2009 under the Sanctuary
Infrastructure Development Project with funding from the United Nations High
Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) to bolster the police in management of criminal
incidences during the post-conflict era.
It has been serving the five villages of Dioryang, Awere, Okidi
Central, Anuka Kampala, Laraba in Okidi parish.