The Fourth Infantry Division Commander Brig. Bonny Bamwiseki noted that whereas there are genuine people dealing in the metal scrap business, some bad people can take advantage to use the materials for other ill motives.
personnel have called for the regulation of scrap metal sales within Gulu City
in the wake of terrorism threats in the country.
The Fourth Infantry Division Commander Brig. Bonny Bamwiseki noted that whereas
genuine people are dealing in the metal scrap business, some unscrupulous
people can take advantage to use the materials for other ill motives.
told Uganda Radio Network in an interview on Wednesday that metal scraps can be
used by terrorists and transformed into fragments that are used for making
He however says it’s unfortunate that such materials that pose security threats
are being traded openly without any regulation within the city.
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Uganda has witnessed a spate of terror attacks in the past months with the
recent deadliest twin bombing in the Capital Kampala that claimed four lives
and left 33 others, mostly police officers with injuries.
accused the Allied Democratic Forces-ADF, a rebel outfit operating the eastern
Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC of carrying the deadly bombing.
Brig. Bamwiseki says the mantle now lies in the hands of local leaders and
residents to be extra vigilant on the trade of scrap metal to avoid the
materials landing in the wrong hands. He says there is a need to have details
of those dealing in the materials.
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Brig. Bamwiseki says they have scaled up their security vigilance within the
city and at the border points between Uganda and South Sudan to ensure safety.
Gulu Resident City Commissioner Denis Odongpiny said they have received
concerns on the possibility that wrong people could use the business for ill
motives and have since improved their intelligence. He also noted that there
have been growing concerns on those dealing in scrap metals sponsoring
vandalism of road signage within and outside the city centers.
But Victor Zamba, a scrap metal dealer in Bardege Layibi who operates a scrap
metal store along the Gulu-Kampala highway says his business is licensed and
has been conforming with all the requirements by the local authorities.
Zamba also notes that for more than 10 years, he has been selling scrap metals
bought from genuine individuals to registered suppliers and factories in Iganga