Michael Aguta, the LCII Chairperson of Ajono parish in Vurra Sub County, says that they find a lot of challenges accessing police services. He adds that the police response to crime in the area is lukewarm.
Residents of Vurra Sub County, Arua district have expressed fears
of increased criminal acts due to limited police personnel. Vurra Sub County
has only two police stations located at the Sub County headquarters and another at
the Vurra Customs along the border between Uganda and DR Congo.
Currently, there is only one police officer-in-charge assisted by
a police constable at Vurra Sub County headquarters. Although the government
has deployed some of the police constables that were recruited to monitor the
elections, none of them can perform the duties as stipulated since they don’t
have the necessary training needed and are not allowed to carry guns.
Betty Driciru a resident of Tilevu parish in Vurra Sub County says
that whenever they call the police, they spend 2-3 days to respond due to
Michael Aguta, the LCII Chairperson of Ajono parish in Vurra Sub
County, says that they find a lot of challenges accessing police services. He
adds that the police response to crime in the area is lukewarm.
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The Sub County chairperson of Vurra Nackson Adaku noted that the
Sub County is too big to be served by only two police posts. He further appeals
to the security leaders to restore the police station at Odia and establish
more stations to curb ‘increasing’ crimes in the area.
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However, Festus Ayikobua
the Resident District Commissioner of Arua explains that a survey was done to
establish the extent of shortages in the different police stations in the
district, adding that they are going to deploy at least 10 officers per police
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But Richard Okullu, the Regional Police Commander-RPC West Nile
has laughed off the fears of a shortage of police personnel saying not all
cases should be handled by the police.
Since the creation of Arua City, most of the police services in
the former Arua district reverted to the City with few of the outposts remaining
in Arua district. According to reports, most of the cases in Vurra,
requiring police intervention are land and domestic violence.