Lamwo Resident District Commissioner James Nabinson Kidega says the government through the UPDF should initiate a full scale project that focuses on removal and detonation of abundant UXOs in the region.
Lamwo District leaders have tasked the Uganda People’s Defence
Forces-UPDF to intensify detonation of unexploded ordinances in the communities.
The leaders argue that thousands of explosives have been abandoned or buried by
combatants at the height of two-decade LRA insurgencies and continue to pose
serious dangers to the lives of locals.
The call comes, just a day after a grenade exploded and killed two children and
severely injured two others in Abuka village in Palebek Gem Sub-county. The
incident happened on Wednesday afternoon when the children were reportedly
playing with the grenade they found while grazing cattle.
Lamwo Resident District Commissioner James Nabinson Kidega says the UPDF should
initiate a full-scale project that focuses on removal and detonation of
explosives in the region.
He says the UPDF demining department which has been trained is not putting the
locals as a priority adding that they are not active in the areas that are
still littered with unexploded ordinances.
Kidega says UPDF should embark on combing areas that formerly
hosted heavy fights with the LRA with modern equipment to get rid of all
explosives that have become a barrier to progress in the community.
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He says limited knowledge among locals especially children on the
presence of such unexploded ordinances remain a big challenge in the community
resulting in accidents that would have been prevented.
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Christine Oyella, area councillor Pewena Parish in Palabek Gem Sub-county
says the heavy rain that pounced the region this year has exposed several
unexploded ordinances and called for speedy intervention of UPDF.
She says delays to have the explosives removed within the
community will likely result in panic and more injuries among the locals who
are still recovering from the brunt of LRA war.
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Denis Onen, a resident of Abuka Village is one of the parents who
lost a child, Isaac Ogenrwot in the explosion. He says another child Sunday
Acellam sustained grave injuries and is currently admitted at St Joseph’s
Onen appealed to the army to compensate the life of his child who died in the
explosion and foot medical bills for the injured since it was the
responsibility of the government to remove the explosives from the community.
He says his injured son may never fully recover since the blast destroyed his
feet, legs and arms.
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Rose Aryemo Oola, another parent whose child also died in the explosion says the
government should take up the responsibility of compensating for his lost life.
Aryemo says another child who was badly injured in the incident is currently
battling for his life at St Joseph’s Hospital and notes that the family is
financially handicapped to foot his medical bills.
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The fifth Infantry Division Spokesperson Lt Hassan Kato didn’t immediately
respond to this matter by press time.
It’s estimated that thousands of unexploded ordinances are still littered in
various areas within Acholi sub-region that were once battlefields between the
LRA and UPDF.
In Lamwo District, areas of Gem mede in Palabek Gem, Ayuu Alali in
Palabek Kal Sub-county and parts of Madiopei Sub-county still has the presence
of several unexploded ordinances.