He says that out of the eight districts in Lango region, Lira has the highest number of illegal fire arms.
The army is considering resorting to other means to recover illegal fire arms in Lango region after failing to register results in the voluntary disarmament exercise. Mid this year, the army announced a voluntary disarmament exercise in Lango region. The army appealed to all civilians in possession of illegal fire arms to surrender them to the authorities and promised not to prosecute them no matter under what circumstances the fire arms were acquired. But six months down the road, the 5th division army leadership based at Acholipi in Pader says that, no illegal fire arms have been surrendered to army yet.
Lieutenant Ceaser Olweny, the spokesperson of 5th division says that they are considering using other means he didn’t specify to recover the illegal fire arms. He says that out of the eight districts in Lango region, Lira has the highest number of illegal fire arms. Olweny says that some of the people in possession of the fire illegal arms are former members of the disbanded Amuka Militia. He explains that when the group was disbanded, majority of the militias disappeared with their guns. Olweny blames the failure of the voluntary disarmament exercise on the poor attitude by the people in possession of the illegal fire arms.
Manshur Suwed, the Central North Regional police spokesperson says that despite the failure of the voluntary disarmament exercise, they have managed to recover several illegal fire arms.
He says that the guns were recovered from people picked up by the police. Susan Akany, the Lira Resident District Commissioner says that they have a list of people believed to be holding illegal fire arms. She says that they will soon pounce on the suspects to recover the illegal fire arms. Francis Odongo, a resident of Iredah village in Central Division asks the authorities to intensify the operations to recover illegal fire arms. He says that most of the people in possession of the illegal fire arms are found in town suburbs. According to the army those found in possession of illegal fire arms by January 2013 will be prosecuted in courts of law. The proliferation of illegal fire arms in Northern in Uganda is attributed to decades of insurgency as a result of rebel activities in the region.