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Museveni Directs Recruitment of LDUs in Parishes Bordering Karamoja Region :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Museveni Directs Recruitment of LDUs in Parishes Bordering Karamoja Region

Acknowledging the existing gaps in security, Museveni highlighted issues such as the lack of coordination between the army and locals, corruption among UPDF commanders, and the sluggish response to security reports regarding cattle rustling.

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President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has responded to the ongoing cattle raids by suspected Karamojong cattle raiders. During a gathering with political, cultural, and religious leaders in Lango sub-region at Baralegi state lodge in Otuke District, the President outlined the necessary steps to tackle the problem. 

Acknowledging the existing gaps in security, Museveni highlighted issues such as the lack of coordination between the army and locals, corruption among UPDF commanders, and the sluggish response to security reports regarding cattle rustling. 

To address these challenges, President Museveni has ordered the recruitment of 12 Local Defense Unit (LDU) personnel in each parish bordering the Karamoja region. 

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In addition to the LDU recruitment, the President suggested deploying 18 police officers at all police posts per sub-county across the country to enhance the fight against insecurity. President Museveni expressed his concern over the underutilization of the existing police force despite the prevailing insecurity.    

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The President also advised local communities to consider branding their animals for easy identification in the event of a raid, emphasizing the importance of preparedness and proactive measures. Various leaders present at the gathering expressed their support for the President's initiatives. 

George Abudul, the Resident District Commissioner (RDC), commended the recruitment of LDUs and the deployment of additional police officers as crucial steps toward improving security in the sub-region. Caroline Angolere, another leader from Kole, called for the profiling of commercial cattle raiders, as they are believed to be the primary culprits behind cattle rustling in Northern Uganda.

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However, Cecilia Atim Ogwal, the Dokolo district woman MP, urged the government to address cattle raiding without singling out the Karamojong community, emphasizing that they are also victims. She emphasized the importance of involving local communities in leadership and decision-making processes as a means to address the issue effectively. 

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Robert James Ajal, the Prime Minister of Lango Cultural Foundation, suggested that alongside the current measures, the President should consider investing in developmental programs and prioritize disarmament efforts in the Karamoja region to curb cattle raiding in the long run.   

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Paul Omara, the Otuke County MP, conveyed his concerns about the strained relationship between security forces and the local population, describing it as deteriorating. He highlighted a recent incident involving the arrest of local leaders by the Otuke DPC and the deputy RDC while they were heading to a regional council meeting to discuss matters of insecurity. 

To restore trust and improve the situation, Omara supported the district council's resolution to have both the DPC and the deputy RDC transferred. 

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President Museveni's engagement with the affected communities in Lango demonstrates his commitment to finding a lasting solution to the cattle raiding problem. By addressing the gaps in security, enhancing coordination, and involving various stakeholders, the government aims to ensure the safety and well-being of the communities affected by cattle rustling.

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