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Security Tightened as Karamoja Cultural Festival Resumes :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Security Tightened as Karamoja Cultural Festival Resumes

Micheal Longole, the Mt. Moroto Regional Police spokesperson, says security measures have been tightened on all the routes leading to Abim district and its bordering districts following the unpredictable security in the region.
Micheal Longole, the Mt Moroto regional spokesperson

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There is heightened police deployment along the routes leading to Abim district ahead of the sixth Karamoja cultural festival. The festival resumes this week after a two-year's break resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is an annual rotational event conducted across the nine districts of Karamoja. This year's festival is scheduled to take place in Abim district between August 30 and September 3rd, 2022 under the theme "Security in Karamoja, the role of culture and traditional mechanisms in steering a peaceful Karamoja."

Micheal Longole, the Mt. Moroto Regional Police spokesperson, says security measures have been tightened on all the routes leading to Abim district and its bordering districts following the unpredictable security in the region. 

Longole says that the move is aimed at stopping any possible attempts by armed warriors to disrupt the cultural festival. He says that they have deployed on all the major routes to Abim district and secured the venue for the cultural festival.

‘’Our security personnel have already inspected the overall security measures at the place where the events will be hosted, we are also relying on an intelligence network," Longole said. He said police has fortified areas in and around the venue and stepped up screening at the border points. 

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James Shilaku, the Abim Resident District Commissioner told URN on the phone that the district security task force is on high alert to prevent any incidents that might affect the festival. ‘’We are also prepared to guard against unwanted activities of criminals whose intention is to sabotage the peaceful cultural day celebrations,’’ Shilaku said.

He says that they have put in place new measures to forestall any breach of peace during the celebrations. The event is expected to bring leaders and government officials under the Ateker cluster from different parts of Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan.