The Police in Karamoja has embarked on a community sensitization
drive to curb crime.
Currently, security personnel are battling to remove illegal
firearms which have been blamed on cattle rustling, insecurity and other
Despite the ongoing disarmament scheduled to end on October 17,
police say crimes related to illegal possession of firearms are common. For
instance, cattle theft using weapons such as guns and arrows are still high
while incidents of insecurity are as well high.
Since September, at least 370 heads of cattle and more than 150
goats have reportedly been stolen from the region with only 99 recovered.
According to the UPDF, the increase in theft is due to the regrouping
of the suspected warriors who have left their homes to live in the jungles
after the criminal was not reported to authorities.
In a bid to reduce cattle thefts and ensure successful disarmament,
the police have called for community vigilance and prompt reporting to the
The sensitization, headed by the Mt. Moroto Regional Police
Commander Francis Chemustu, comprises of DPCs, Astu commandants, UPDF area
commander GISOs and other security personnel.
Michael Longole, the Police Spokesperson for Mt. Moroto Region
says the training started in hot spot Sub Counties in each district to encourage
the community to liaise with the police in identifying criminals and persons
with illegal guns.
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The sensitization is targeting elders, women and youth with the view that they
urge the armed warriors to hand over guns voluntarily.
Local leaders have also been asked to ensure they report to the
authorities all visitors and members of the area who have gone missing. This is
after intelligence discovered that about 30 warriors in Kaabong are operating
in the areas between Kaabong and Kotido.
The UPDF and police are following the group and some of the members have been
arrested, says Capt. Edrin Mawanda, the Public Relations Officer for 3rd
Earlier, Peace Committee members and village Chairpersons were scared
away after they seemingly appeared to be targeted by warriors for giving
intelligence to security personnel.