Security Tightened in Karamoja, Sebei Areas

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In short
The deployment comes barely two weeks after an attack on Kapchorwa Central Police station by unidentified gunmen who killed policemen, took off with 3 guns and 90 rounds of ammunition. A group calling itself the Uganda Saving Force-USF has since claimed responsibility for the attack in which three lives were lost.

Security has been beefed up in the districts of Amudat, Kween, Bukwo and Kapchorwa following attempted attacks on security installations in the areas of Sebei and Karamoja.

Contingents of various ranks have been deployed across the districts to avert possible attacks.

The deployment comes barely two weeks after an attack on Kapchorwa Central Police station by unidentified gunmen who killed policemen, took off with 3 guns and 90 rounds of ammunition. A group calling itself the Uganda Saving Force-USF has since claimed responsibility for the attack in which three lives were lost.

The group says its mission is to liberate Uganda from a "hopeless dictatorial and oppressive regime."

In Amudat, authorities say they successfully foiled a plan to attack Lokales detachment in Karita Sub County by a group of about 30 men early this week.

Capt. Isaac Oware, the third division spokesperson acknowledges the deployment saying it's meant to pacify the region. He notes that the forces have already established clues to a number of planned attacks by groups taking refuge in parts of Karamoja and Sebei.

He further says their counterparts on the Kenyan side have also been contacted to heighten security along the Uganda-Kenya border so that the gunmen do not take the advantage to sneak into Kenya.  He appeals to the people in the affected areas to report all suspicious individuals to the authorities before they cause havoc.

Dison Onyigi, the Deputy Regional Police Commander Mt Moroto says the deployment should not cause alarm among the population in the area.

 

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.