JULY 23, 2010: Army Increases Patrols in Karamoja

Army Increases Patrols in Karamoja

SOURCE: New Vision

By Olandason Wanyama

Kampala — A joint force of the UPDF and Police have beefed up foot and motorised patrols in the Karamoja sub-region following the resurrection of ambushes in the area.

The UPDF third division spokesperson Capt. Henry Obbo said: "We have to maintain the safety of the roads."

He said four years ago, 41 fatal road ambushes were registered in which 52 people where killed. The number of those killed in ambushes by warriors reduced to eight in 2008 while there were no deaths reported in 2009.

He said this year, three people had been killed in ambushes in Abim while other three died in Nakapiripirit districts.

Obbo explained that the army had dislodged most warriors from their hideouts in the bushes.

Citing the recent ambush where Brig. Nakibus Lakaras' son, Nicholas Odeke, was shot dead, Obbo said a 16-year-old boy, Lokwang Lopusha, had confessed to have taken part.

He said the security agencies had also recovered the gun used in the murder and two adults suspected to have participated in the ambush had been arrested.

He said the two adults would be charged with murder at the 3rd division court-martial while the 16-year-old would face the juvenile court.

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