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Okidi Police Post Closed Over Inadequate Personnel

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.
Okidi police outpost in Labongo Amida Sub County that has been closed. Photo By Dan M. Komakech (2)

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The Kitgum District security committee has recommended for the immediate closure of Okidi Police Post in Labongo Amida Sub County over limited manpower.

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 community.

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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”, says Ajok.  

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.