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Water Crisis, Poor Terrain Slows Down Security Operations in Karamoja :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Water Crisis, Poor Terrain Slows Down Security Operations in Karamoja

Brig Gen Felix Busizoori, the Deputy Commander of the UPDF 3rd division, explained that the absence of accessible roads in mountainous areas makes it arduous to apprehend armed criminals. He noted that these criminals utilize the mountainous terrain to monitor security movements and evade capture by escaping to higher ground.
Joint security forces during press briefing at UPDF 3rd division headquarters

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The joint security forces have expressed concern over the challenging terrain and the lack of water facilities in Karamoja, which is hampering their operations against armed warriors.  Recently, the government initiated the construction of security roads in the region to facilitate the movement of security forces combating cattle rustling. 

However, the difficult terrains, particularly in mountainous areas where armed warriors seek refuge, have posed challenges as these areas remain without roads.  The security forces note that the inadequate road network around mountainous regions, combined with the absence of clean water sources, is impeding efforts to combat cattle rustling and retrieve illegal firearms. 

Brig Gen Felix Busizoori, the Deputy Commander of the UPDF 3rd division, explained that the absence of accessible roads in mountainous areas makes it arduous to apprehend armed criminals. He noted that these criminals utilize the mountainous terrain to monitor security movements and evade capture by escaping to higher ground.

Although the construction of security roads has enhanced their mobility, Brig Gen Busizoori emphasized that certain villages, particularly behind Mount Moroto, remain inaccessible yet serve as hideouts for criminals. Moreover, the scarcity of clean water is affecting the deployment of security personnel in remote areas. 

Brig Gen Busizoori highlighted the challenge of carrying water supplies to deployment sites, necessitating an early exit before mission completion due to water depletion. Additionally, the security forces have encountered difficulties recovering stolen livestock from Karamoja and neighboring districts, particularly when the stolen animals cross into Kenya.    

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Francis Chemusto, the Mt Moroto Regional police Spokesperson, mentioned manpower challenges in implementing the presidential directives for the sub-county police model. He highlighted efforts to address this crisis, noting the presidential directive to deploy eighteen police personnel in each sub-county station across the region. 

However, some sub-counties in Amudat and Nabilatuk lack police stations, and plans are underway to address these gaps by January 2024. Chemusto also disclosed the dismissal of four officers from the force due to scandalous cases.   

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John Robert Adupa, the Lotsin Sub county LC III chairperson called for security intervention in the conflicts between the Jie and Turkana pastoralists. He emphasized the vulnerability of his sub-county, situated on the border, which has become a crossing point for both communities during raids.

Adupa expressed concern that these clashes might adversely impact the Matheniko community, who host the pastoralists in the Kobebe grazing area. He appealed to security forces deployed along the Turkana-Jie border to prevent unwarranted crossings that may lead to further unrest and havoc.

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