Christmas Ends Peacefully In Karamoja For The First Time In Many Years


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By Steven Ariong

Karamoja region has for the first time celebrated Christmas festival peacefully without any incidents recorded. According to the security, no single incidents of killings, rape, road ambushes and thefts were registered in the whole of Karamoja region during the 25th of December.

Micheal Longole the Karamoja regional police spokesperson said they have also not made any arrest of any person caught breaking the laws. He said what they have in their custody are the suspects arrested before 25th day of December.


According to Longole, this is the first year when Karamoja has celebrated Christmas peacefully without any single incident such as road ambush, cattle rustling and burglary.

“We have had the peaceful Christmas celebrations in Karamoja for the first time  and this the greatest achievements of the security and the members of the community,” Longole said.

Longole further attributed this to the joint security operations  and patrols along the high ways and also community policing.

Francis Chemusto the regional Police commander Mt. Moroto region said the joint security personnel worked entire night to ensure that the public is not disturbed by any criminals during the festive season.

“Every thing has gone on well and I want to request the public to remain peaceful, “Chemusto said.

Elias Kasirabo the commandant of Anti-stock theft unit personnel said since they re-introduced animal check points, the theft of animals has also reduced.

“Always they target when people are in the Christmas festival to steal animals but now it’s hard for them, and we are controlling the situation,” he said.

Moses Lokwanga from Namijimiji village in Nadunget sub county said they stayed from outside their homes till 3am without any attack.

“This time around may be the criminals also went for leave because we are surprised that we celebrated Christmas without any attack,” Moses said.

Betty Arukol another resident from Panyangara town council in Kotido district said people spent a whole night drinking and dancing without any attack while Mariko Lomilo from Sidok sub county in Kaabong district  said people in Sidok spent a night dance at the trading centre without hearing any gunshot.

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