Maj. Gen Don Nabasa, the UPDF 3rd Division Commander, emphasized this during a Three-day capacity-building program while addressing the Resident Commissioners and District Internal Security Officers at Wash and Wills in Mbale City.
Maj. Gen Don Nabasa. photo by William Cheptoek
The Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) have
urged Resident City/District Commissioners in Teso Sub-region to mobilize
communities to embrace government programs as a means to address insecurity. Maj. Gen Don Nabasa, the UPDF 3rd Division Commander, emphasized
this during a Three-day capacity-building program while addressing the Resident
Commissioners and District Internal Security Officers at Wash and Wills in
Nabasa highlighted that communities often play a pivotal role in
causing insecurity but can also be vital in resolving such issues. "These
people understand their needs best, so engaging them positively can be a
game-changer," stated Nabasa. According to Nabasa, cattle theft and robbery, prevalent in Teso
Sub-region, are influenced by community collaborators, with suspects often
being members within those communities.
“You tell me,
how many suspected cattle thieves have been intercepted, others killed by our
forces, aren’t from the same communities? Nabasa Challenged. He adds “As
an RDC, GISO you have a role to course and positively administer positive mindset
onto them through giving the chances on the process of positive change”.
He explained that embracing government programs like the Parish
Development Model and Emyooga could significantly have a positive impact. Ahamada Washaki, Kumi Resident District Commissioner,
highlighted that insecurity cases are predominantly caused by raiders from the neighboring Karamoja Sub-region who come armed to raid livestock.
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Peter Pex Paak, the Resident City Commissioner of Soroti City,
revealed that street children are a primary source of instability in both rural
and urban Soroti.
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Jacinta Ayo, the Deputy District Commissioner,
recounted that local council leaders contribute to insecurity, often engaging
in such acts themselves. “We have registered some cases where local
leaders are directly involved in the act, for example, cattle theft are facilitated
by the LC1 stamps," said Ayo.