Police Sets Up Roadblocks Along Major Roads in Moroto

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Police have also set up another road block at Kosiroi
along the famous Moroto-Kitale road. Two other road blocks have been set up along Amudat-Konyau road. In addition to the road blocks, police has also deployed heavily armed personnel on patrol.

Police have set up roadblocks on major routes leading into Karamoja from Kenya following the Nairobi Westgate Mall Terrorists attack on Saturday afternoon.  One road block has been set up at Rupa Trading centre and another at Nakabat village along Moroto-Kenya road, six kilometres to the Uganda-Kenya border.
 
Police have also set up another road block at Kosiroi along the famous Moroto-Kitale road. Two other road blocks have been set up along Amudat-Konyau road. In addition to the road blocks, police has also deployed heavily armed personnel on patrol. Okot Obwona, the Regional Police Commander Mt. Moroto area says they set up the road blocks to ensure the safety of residents. Obwona has appealed to residents to report any suspected strangers within their community for appropriate action.

He condemns the attack on Westgate Mall, which claimed the lives of 69 people and injured more than 175 others. Obwana says the terrorists should have attacked government installations other than attack innocent people carrying on with their business. Lt. Jimmy Omara, the UPDF 3rd division spokesperson says the move is aimed at enhancing security in the region because of the eminent threat of terror. He encourages the public to cooperate with the security agencies to flash out any bad elements.

Omara advises the public not to stay longer in crowded places as this may be a haven of attack. Nahaman Ojwee, Moroto Resident District Commissioner appeals to Kenyan traders not to get scared of the deployment along the border routs saying it is normal. Uganda is not new to terror attacks. In 2010, suspected Alshaabab terrorist attacked Kyandodo rugby club and the Ethiopian village restaurant in Kabalagala killing 78 people and injuring hundreds of others.

 

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.