According to Security, they are anticipating an increase in cattle theft and burglary during the festive season as hardcore criminals ignore calls to surrender the illegal firearms in their possession.
Uganda Police Force
The joint security
forces in the Karamoja sub-region have called for community cooperation to curb criminality ahead of the festive season.
According to security,
they are anticipating an increase in cattle theft and burglary during the festive
season as warriors ignore calls to surrender the illegal firearms in
Michael Longole, the
Mt Moroto regional Police Spokesperson said that the hardcore criminals have
failed to surrender illegal firearms causing isolated raids
across the region.
Longole appealed to
the community to provide maximum cooperation with security agencies by sharing
information that may lead to the arrest of hardcore criminals who have failed
to come out of their hideouts despite the ongoing presidential amnesty on
the voluntary handover of illegal guns.
Longole said they have
established that the criminals are planning to launch the attacks during the
festive holiday when people are relaxed.
"We are also
aware from our previous experience that there is always increased
criminality during the festive seasons, we assure the public that we are
more set and our security teams are working hard on the modalities to overcome
this challenge and ensure there are minimal incidents
registered during the forthcoming festive season," Longole said.
observed that the forces and the stakeholders have been running Amnesty
campaigns for the warriors to return guns but the hardcore criminals have
ignored the calls.
He said that
disarmament operations and recovery of livestock will continue until the region
realizes total peace.
Akol, the Moroto District Speaker said that they have been experiencing a
series of attacks by suspected cattle rustlers around Kobebe grazing area in
Lotisan Sub County.
Akol noted that the
battle between the Jie and Turkana Pastoralists has continued, which is
Akol also noted that there
are renewed attacks among the Matheniko, Pian, Turkana, and the Jie
pastoralists. He added that the battle between Jie and Turkana Pastoralists is
worsening and this may worsen the security situation.
Akol urged the peace
actors to step up the efforts to sensitize communities to be vigilant and
embrace peace in the festivities.