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Security Personnel in Gulu Want Scrap Metal Businesses Regulated

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.
Metal scraps at a store in Gulu City

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Security 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. 

Brig. Bamwiseki 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 dangerous explosives.

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. 

Security 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 and Jinja.

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