Two weeks ago, the Kitgum security committee closed down the police post citing limited manpower.
A Police officers manns the boundary between Amuru and Adjumani districts on November 19 2017. residents in Labongo Amida Subcounty, Kitgum district are demanding redeployment of police at Okidi Police Post.By Julius Ocungi
Residents of Labongo Amida Sub-county in Kitgum District have
called for the reinstatement of security personnel at Okidi Police Post.
Two weeks ago, the Kitgum security committee closed down the police post citing
But residents in the area says closure of the police post has seen crime rates
increase in the past days leaving lives of people and properties at risk.
Richard Okello, a resident of Okidi Parish in Labongo Amida Sub County says so
far two people have been attacked and left with grave injuries within the area
by unknown thugs.
The victims are Philip Ocan 18, a resident of Lamola parish in Omuny bul
village was stabbed in the neck two days ago by a suspected goat thief and
unidentified woman who was attacked on Tuesday at Chai market in Okidi Parish.
Okello says they are scared that criminals will now take advantage of the
absence of police officers to wage attacks at ease minus being apprehended.
He called on the intervention of the district security team to redeploy police
officers or soldiers to man security of the area.
Wilson Nyeko, the Labongo Amida Sub-county LC3 Chairperson acknowledged to URN
in an interview this afternoon that crimes are increasing because of the
absence of police post.
He also revealed that few days ago, a Boda Boda rider, was clobbered by thugs
who later made off with his motorcycle. Nyeko says the victim is still nursing
injuries inflicted on him at Kitgum General Hospital.
Nyeko says the decision to close down the police post was unwise considering
the fact that for years the police post has helped to reduce crime rates in the
He adds that the locals are now planning to petition the office of the Resident
District Commissioner to intervene in the matter.
William Komakech, the Kitgum Resident District Commissioner says the district
currently doesn’t have the capacity to redeploy at Okidi Police Post because police
haven’t made any recruitment or received additional personnel.
Komakech notes that he will look into concerns raised by the residents and
their leaders to find out how they can be helped. He also promised to liaise
with the police to investigate cases of attacks by unknown thugs in the area.
Currently, locals have to travel about 11 and 16 kilometres to report cases to
police or wait for reinforcement of police officers from Labongo Amida
Sub-County Police post and Kitgum Central Police station.