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378 guns burn’t in Karamoja by Army

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Today in the symbolic function presided over by he Dputy Inspector General of Police. Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Tumusiime Katsigazi in Panyangala sub-county Kotido municipality Kotido district,378 illicit small arms and light weapons recovered from regions like Karamoja sub-region, Northern region, Rwenzori region and Kampala Metropolitan areas, were destroyed.
“You are all aware of the scourge of illegal weapons. Their illicit proliferation and use in various parts of Africa cause countless deaths, untold suffering, population displacement, disruption of livelihoods, disruption of infrastructure and economic activitie sand removing these weapons from circulation and use is therefore central to realizing peace, security and stability in Uganda and the continent.” D/IGP said.
He added,“All the above undermine efforts to realize the goal of creating free, integrated and prosperous Africa as envisioned in Agenda 2062.”
He also toured the ASTU headquarters and Mt Moroto regional offices where he met with staff and listened to problems and challenges affecting their policing effectiveness and promised quick intervention and response to challenges listed.
The government has tried to put in place several mechanism to facilitate voluntary surrender of illicit weapons, in particular the Amnesty Law supervised by the Ministry of Internal Affairs through the Amnesty Commission.
D/IGP also thanked the people of Uganda and the Karamojong securities like UPDF, UPF-ASTU and other security forces for the endless efforts to curb the illicit proliferation of small arms and light weapons in the region.
It’s known that Karamoja is one of the most marginalised parts of the country and For decades, it has suffered from high levels of conflict and insecurity, alongside low levels of development as a result of this insecurities.

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