Following concerns about growing insecurity and violence due to raids and counter raids in the Karamoja region, key stakeholders consultative meeting to lay strategies.
The meeting was held at the 3rd Divisional Headquarters in Moroto on the 1/02/2020, to purposely discuss the security challenges in the Karamoja sub-region and also devise measures on how to respond to them.
The meeting was attended by legislators under the Karamoja Parliamentary Association; the Hon. Minister of State for Karamoja, Hon. Moses Kiige, the CDF Gen. David Muhoozi, the DIGP Major Gen. Sabiiti Muzeeyi, Honorable Members of Parliament from the Karamoja sub region, held a consultative meeting with other key stakeholders from the police, UPDF and local politicians.
The major concerns raised included; fears of counter raids from across the borders between Uganda, Kenya and South Sudan due to the porous borders, inadequate police and military presence, gun trafficking and the re-emergence of guns, hostile alliances among ethnic groups
Members emphasized the importance of a comprehensive approach to combating the threats posed by raids and counter raids including hostile alliances and the illegal re-arming of criminal elements in the community.
In response to the concerns, the joint CDF and DIGP, expressed the determination of security agencies to counter all forms of raids and counter raids, and to bring perpetrators of such acts to justice.
The areas agreed on to enhance security included; the immediate reorganization and boosting up of ASTU manpower, use of aerial capabilities like aircraft and drones to counter raiders, regulation of entry and exit through the creation of border posts
It was also agreed to fast recovery of raided animals through quicker response, troop mobility and continuous forceful disarmament in grazing areas, identification of violent warriors and perpetrators of raids for arrest and prosecution, training and retraining of personnel.
It was also agreed that security roads be opened immediately, effective use of Interpol and the EAPPCO mechanisms in the recovery of raided animals, creation of special courts with deterrent punishments for perpetrators and the possibility of legalizing the Nabilatuk resolution.