Road Ambushes Reduced in Karamoja

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The deployment of extra policemen to Karamoja sub-region has worked wonders by reducing the number of roadside ambushes in the region. In December last year, a contingent of 543 police officers was deployed to Karamoja sub-region to re-establish law and order and to carryout community policing. Okot Obwona, the Regional Police Commander for Karamoja, says no ambush has been recorded on any road in Karamoja since the force was deployed in December last year. The officers have so far succeeded in securing highways and trading centers from armed gangs. // Cue in: iEver since#i Cue out i#or any other serious matteri // The police force is also in the process of re-establishing police posts in all the five districts of Karamoja. Formerly there were only 127 police officers deployed to the five districts of Karamoja. But Government recently announced it would spend up to 500 billion shillings to establish a fully-functional judicial system in Karamoja. The rehabilitation of judicial systems has been planned with great detail by Government over recent years. A document by the Ministry of Justice outlines a number of measures to be taken to enforce processional civilian judicial systems in Karamoja to bring the region at par with the rest of Uganda/ The document states that the Moroto Chief Magistrate Court was recently rehabilitated and extended. The Judiciary with support from the Justice, Law and Order Sector plans to construct a Grade I Court in Kotido and to roll out mobile courts to serve nomadic populations in the region. This financial year the Judiciary plans to recruit and post at least One Chief Magistrate, three Grade One Magistrates as well as administrative staff to Karamoja. It will also build residential and court infrastructure in the new districts of Abim, Kaabong and Nakapiripirit districts. The Judiciary plans to provide incentives to attract Judiciary staff to work in Karamoja.


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