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RDCs Tasked Over Cross-Border Insecurity in West Nile

The caution follows the reported infiltration of the sub region by suspected criminals from the neighbouring South Sudan and Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
A cross section of RDCs, their deputies and Intelligence Officers from West Nile during capacity building symposium in Arua district

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The Minister of Presidency, Milly Babirye Babalanda has tasked Resident District and City Commissioners (RDCs/RCCs), and Intelligence Officers in the West Nile to adopt measures to curb cross-border insecurity in the sub-region.

The caution follows the reported infiltration of the sub-region by suspected criminals from the neighbouring South Sudan and Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

In a message read on her behalf by Amelia Kyambadde, the Senior Presidential Advisor on Trade and Industries on Wednesday during a capacity-building symposium for RDCs and DISOs from the sub-region, Babalanda said that the RDC, their deputies, and district internal security officers should step up measures to prevent wrong elements crossing from the neighbouring countries to destabilize the sub-region.

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Over the past year, the West Nile sub-region has witnessed increased incidences of illegal guns smuggled through the numerous illegal border entry points which have been used by assailants to terrorize the locals. There are over 360 illegal border entry points in the sub-region according to information from security agencies.

Maj.  Martha Asiimwe, the head of the RDC Secretariat explains that the overall objective of the capacity-building symposium is to empower the RDCs on their roles in service delivery for the socio-economic transformation of the communities.

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Meanwhile, Emmanuel Walani, the Under Secretary office of the President reminded the RDCs about their role in monitoring and promoting of government programmes to foster development.

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Emmy Mitala, The Dean of RDCs said that although there are security threats in the sub-region, the situation has greatly improved following the numerous cross-border engagements they have had with their counterparts in neighboring South Sudan and DR Congo.

A number of the districts in the West Nile region starting from Adjumani, Moyo, Yumbe, Koboko, Maracha, Arua City, Arua district, Nebbi, Zombo to Pakwach share borders with South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo that often facilities movement of people especially through the undesignated points.

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