Karamoja sub-region is set to receive 2,500 police personnel this
month, to beef up security and enhance operations, especially on disarmament.
The additional personnel will also enhance a crackdown on cattle
thefts and counter cattle rustling, that has persisted in the region. The
deployment follows a directive from President Yoweri Museveni during his recent
visit to the sub-region following a sustained upsurge of insecurity
orchestrated by armed warriors.
The personnel will be deployed in all nine districts to beef up police posts at
the sub-counties. The development was confirmed by regional police
spokesperson, Michael Longole on Monday.
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There is a thin presence of the police across the region with most police posts
establishments in each sub-county operating with limited manpower.
According to the residents of Matany in Napak district, the thin
police presence has undermined police response to crime incidences and
emergencies. They called for the deployment of a strong force that can always
handle the security needs on time, which is seen as one of the ways to reduce the
“When we report crime incidents to police you may be asked to wait
until an officer has come back from arresting a suspect earlier reported.
Emergencies may have to wait and this affects their response to crime
incidents,” noted Emmanuel Lokech a resident of Matany.
Police in the sub-region has been equipped with new vehicles,
motorcycles and communication equipment to ease response and counter cattle
rustling. Each district has received 1 vehicle and 13 motorcycles to ease
mobility and response. 12 armoured vehicles have also been stationed in
The Moroto LCV Chairperson, David Koriang has welcomed plans to
deploy a strong force to secure the sub-region.
Paul Komol, the Kotido LCV Chairperson Paul Komol Lotee is
optimistic about this development but wants the UPDF too to deploy more
personnel in strategic cattle corridors.