Joachin Ocan Opoka, the Lokung Sub County LC III Chairperson told URN in an interview that they have been operating without police officers for the past two and half years, yet their houses were constructed.
Uniports erected by the
Uganda Police Force to accommodate officers at Lokung Sub county headquarters
police post in Lamwo District are lying idle.
The four Uniports
were erected shortly after Lokung Sub County headquarter was relocated to Kila
Kony Paco Village in Licwa Parish in March 2017, some six kilometers away from
Lokung Trading center.
Joachin Ocan Opoka, the Lokung Sub County LC III Chairperson told
URN in an interview that they have been operating without police officers for
the past two and half years, yet their houses were constructed.
that one of the Uniports has since collapsed because no one has taken interest
in managing it.
According to Ocan, the absence of police officers at the Sub
County Headquarters has made their work to stop crime impossible and notes that
crime levels have short up recently.
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He says the nearest police posts are at Ngomoromo Border
Police Post and Lokung trading center, about 27 and six kilometers away
Ngomoromo Border Police post has two police officers
comprising of the Officer in charge of the post and a criminal investigative
Ocan says their plea to have police officers deployed at the
Sub county headquarter to ensure law and order have not yielded results, adding
that most of the police officers were instead taken to the refugee settlement.
He has appealed to the District Police Commander to ensure
deployment of at least two armed police officers to help curb growing crime in
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The Officer in Charge of Lamwo Police Station, Mashuid
Ssemwogerere acknowledges the dire shortage of police officers in the district,
which has prompted them not to deploy at Lokung Sub County Headquarters.
Ssemwogerere says personnel shortage has forced them to close
four police posts in Apiata, Apiriti, Padibe west and Padibe East that were
only being manned by two police officers each because of fears of insecurity.
According to Ssemwogerere deployment in some of
the existing police posts may only be boosted if they get more personnel from
the current lot undergoing training.
“Our man power is limited at the moment; we have closed down
some police posts because it became a risk to have only two police officers
manning a police post. Our hope is that once the recruits undergoing training
pass out, the district will get allocated some men,” he says.
There are 13 sub counties and three town councils in Lamwo
district with less than 100 police officers manning security in the district. A total of 4,500 probation police constables – PPCs and 500
learner assistant inspectors of police – AIPs are undergoing training at Police
Training School – PTS at Kabalye in Masindi District.
Once passed out, they are
expected to bridge the staffing gap in the police force in the country.