Michael Longole, the Karamoja Region Police Spokesperson, says the deployment of more troops and choppers in Karamoja is an indication that government doesn’t treat the insecurity in the region lightly.
One of the police Helicopters deployed in Moroto
Police have deployed two choppers
boost surveillance of cattle rustlers in
the ongoing disarmament exercise in Karamoja region.
The two choppers landed at Moroto army barracks on Tuesday evening. The deployment of the two choppers brings to
four, the number of choppers deployed in the region to boost the disarmament exercise. The other two
choppers belong to the Uganda People’s Defense Forces-UPDF.
Michael Longole, the Karamoja Region Police Spokesperson, says the deployment of more troops and choppers in
Karamoja is an
indication that government doesn’t treat the
insecurity in the region lightly. He says that the two choppers will aid quick response when rustlers raid animals from any district in the region.
He says that although the choppers will station
in Moroto, they will operate in the entire region. "It's
high time for the rustlers to surrender guns to government and stop raiding animals, failure to do will have consequences, “he said.
The second phase of the Disarmament exercise is jointly being implemented by the police and army since it
was launched on July 17
2021. So far 87 guns and 860 rounds of ammunition have been recovered
The deployment of choppers and more troops in
Karamoja follows a recent meeting between President, Yoweri Museveni and Karamoja leaders over the
rising insecurity in the region. Karamoja
region had enjoyed peace for 14 years after the successful disarmament carried out between 2003 to 2008.
However, in 2019, the
region was dragged back to the previous years of insecurity when rustlers
resumed raids and ambushes. Gorret Nangiro, one of the residents of Ngoleriet sub-county
in Napak district hailed the deployment of more troops in the region.
"We have seen the deployment of troops and helicopters
in the region but my question is how sustainable will it be because tomorrow
you will find the
forces removing the soldiers and police leaving room for the rustlers to
execute their mission,” she
another resident said the only solution to end
violence in Karamoja is through psychological disarmament and compulsory
education for children in the region.
"Am telling you the government will continue
spending a lot of resources pacifying Karamoja for a short period but stable
peace will only return to Karamoja when Karimojong children are forcefully
taken to School and government
does psychological disarmament,” he said.
Titus Lokwang, a peace activist and resident of Lorengedwat
sub-county in Nabilatuk district laughed off of the food approach proposed
by the State
Minister for Karamoja affairs Agnes Nadutu to lure the warriors to hand over guns.
Two weeks ago, Nadutu promised to give a bag of maize to whoever surrenders a firearm, which Lokwang describes as a waste of time and
resources. "That would mean
promoting criminality because everyone will run and acquire a gun cheaply. He comes and hands over twice you give him one
bag of maize where is that money coming from?" he asked.
According to Lokwang, the government
needs to be tough on
Karimojong and treat them as other people found in possession of illegal arms.