Army Recovers 7,000 Guns In Karamoja

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A total of over of 7,000 weapons have been recovered by the army in Karamoja region within the past three years of operation.

A total of over of 7,000 guns have been recovered by the army in Karamoja region within the past three years of operation.
Two Army Brigades and other units were installed in the districts of Abim, Kotido and Kaabong in 2010 to boost Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) disarmament operations in the region.
Since that time the army has also confirmed that about 51 suspected cattle worriers have been killed and over 110,000 live rounds of ammunition.
Captain Telesphor Turyamanya, 5th Division UPDF spokesman, says the establishment of satellite military detaches in the areas has overwhelmingly boosted main disarmament operations in Karamoja region.
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He said several local people in Karamoja are still believed to be in possession of illegal guns. Turyamanya says they have not registered massive raids in the recent years.
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He however declined to comment on the number of UPDF soldiers killed during the operation.
Colonel Ndyanabo Dede, 5th Division Military administrator, cited political interference by a section of politicians in the recent years. He blamed politicians for not supporting their operations for fear of losing votes during election.
Col. Dede says some politicians are responsible for discouraging people from voluntarily handing over illegal guns in their possessions.  UPDF soldiers have been carrying disarmament exercise in the region for over 10 years.


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Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.