Thousands of such explosive remnants of war like bombs; grenades and unexploded shells were buried underground after the two-decade long armed conflict between Government and Lord’s Resistance Army – LRA rebels (1986 – 2006).
Security personnel in Acholi sub-region are concerned over by
actions of some members of the public who conceal information about the presence
of unexploded ordnances or bombs for monetary benefits.
Thousands of such explosive remnants of warlike bombs; grenades and unexploded
shells were buried underground after the two-decade-long armed conflict between
Government and Lord’s Resistance Army – LRA rebels (1986 – 2006).
The explosives continue to pose security threats to the civilian
population across the eight districts of especially Pader, Gulu, Nwoya, Amuru,
Omoro, Lamwo, Kitgum and Agago where LRA rebel activities were most prevalent.
Maj. Caesar Olweny, the UPDF 4th Division Spokesperson revealed that they
have encountered several of such cases including that of an LC 2 Chairperson of
a village in Paboo Sub-County in Amuru District who declined to expose
whereabouts of an explosive device recovered in his area.
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Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson, Patrick Jimmy Okema also revealed that
they encountered a similar incident in Omoro District after a man in Gwenotwom
village implored security to first pay him before extracting an explosive device
from his compound.
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Dusman Okee, the Pader Resident District Commissioner – RDC also shared
experience, saying he was recently compelled to pay 20,000 shillings to a man
who had wanted his efforts rewarded for discovering an explosive bomb.
Security personnel have also mapped over 260 places especially in Pader,
Nwoya, Amuru, Gulu and Omoro districts that are still infested with explosive
remnants of war that require extraction but they lack logistical support has
been a major setback.
While dozens of people continue to die due to the presence of
unexploded bombs, a section of some local authorities has blamed the practice
on the biting level of poverty that has bedevilled the post-war community in
In early 2005, Office of the Prime Minister - OPM and other peace-related Non-Governmental
Organizations during the resettlement of internally displaced persons
encouraged financial rewards to individuals who discovered and disclosed the
whereabouts of explosive remnants of war but that has since ended.