Karamoja Placed on Security Alert

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Richard Aruk Maruk, the South Karamoja Regional Police Commander, says his office has received intelligence reports indicating that many of the refugees may cross and settle in various areas in Karamoja once both camps are closed.

Security is on high alert in Karamoja following reports that some refugees from Kaakuma and Dadaab camps in Turkana in Kenya may enter Uganda. 



The Kenyan government plans to close Kaakuma Camp in Turkana county and Dadaab refugee camps on the Somalia-Kenya border by November 2016, saying they are breeding grounds for terrorists.
 
Kaakuma has in the past been home to Uganda and South Sudan refugees while Dadaab is home to over 500,000 Somali nationals.
 
Richard Aruk Maruk, the South Karamoja Regional Police Commander, says his office has received intelligence reports indicating that many of the refugees may cross and settle in various areas in Karamoja once both camps are closed.
 
 
According to Maruk, both Police and other security agencies are now planning to deploy massively in the region to ensure the refugees don't endanger the peace in the region.


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Captain Isaac Oware, the Uganda Peoples' Defense Forces-UPDF 3rd Division spokesperson, says the refugees from Kakuma may opt for Karamoja since it is closer to their home area.
 
Andrew Napaja, the Moroto District Chairperson Moroto says they are ready to receive the refugees.


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About the author

Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.