Kitgum Residents Demand Transfer of RDC, DPC and GISO

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Teresa Abuu, an elderly woman from Pager Division faulted police and other security officers for failing in their duty to protect the lives of residents and their property.

Kitgum security officials have come under fire from residents over the recent spate of gun murders in the district. At least three people have been gunned down in Kitgum municipality by unknown assailants in the last one week.

The murder victims include Tonny Olanya, the chairperson Kitgum Public Accounts Committee and former employee of Uganda Revenue Authority-URA, Christine Lam and Grace Ageno, the female councilor Greenland parish in Pager Division. 

The murder of the trio has not gone down well with Kitgum municipality residents. They are demanding the transfer of Kitgum Resident District Commissioner, William Komakech, District Police Commander, Jackson Baryampika and District Intelligence Security Officer, Fred Amute for alleged laxity.

Residents expressed concern at a rally organised by the district officials on Wednesday to chat away forward over the murders. Ronald Otim, a resident of Kitgum municipality, faulted the three officials for laxity.
"When someone is being robbed and you call the DPC, RDC or Diso, they will not pick up your call because they are always in bars drinking. They should leave Kitgum so that more serious people are brought in to provide us with security," he noted.

Teresa Abuu, an elderly woman from Pager Division faulted police and other security officers for failing in their duty to protect the lives of residents and their property. She also claimed that some of the guns used in the attacks on residents originate from police and other security agencies in the district.

Our reporter couldn't independently verify the claims. In his response, Fred Amute, the Kitgum District Internal Security Officer, denied allegations of laxity, saying he has never abrogated his responsibility to collect intelligence.

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He also dismissed claims by some residents that the guns used in the attack on residents originate from Ugandan security, saying they are embossed with serial numbers in Arabic.
The RDC declined to comment on the matter and instead ordered all sub county chairperson and chiefs to surrender the military uniform they received during training in Kyankwanzi. He also promised a major operation against criminal gangs in the district. 

The District Police Commander, Jackson Baryampika, said he is not moved by the calls for his transfer by the residents.

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The Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura is expected to convene a meeting with Kitgum district and security officials today to find a solution to the gun crime.


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Annet Lekuru
Annet Lekuru is the Uganda Radio Network bureau chief for Arua. She is new in this post, assigned August 2016. However, she is no stranger to URN subcribers and readers.

Lekuru started her journalism career in 2011 with training from Radio Paris where she worked until April 2015. She started writing for URN in May 2015 as a freelance reporter.

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