Forceful disarmament in Karamoja replaced by peace committees
Posted Saturday, September 28 2013 at 01:00
The forcible disarmament which the army has been applying to recover illegal guns from Karimojong pastoralists in Kotido and Kaabong has stopped following the creation of peace committees by the district security teams in the two districts.
This was revealed by the Kotido resident district commissioner, Mr Andrew Napaja Keem, in Kaabong District at the peace dialogue on Wednesday. The dialogue was organised by the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), an NGO operating in Kotido, Kaabong and Turkana.
Mr Napaja, who is also the Kotido District security chairperson, said the Karimojong who were selected for the peace committees in every village in Kaabong and Kotido, have helped the army to recover guns by peaceful means.
The UPDF 405 bridge commander in Kotido Lt Col Richard Walikula confirmed that the army is no longer carrying out forced disarmament especially in Kotido.
Peace in Karamoja has stabilised after government got rid of illegal guns from the hands of the rustlers.