By Steven Ariong
The establishment of decent house for the Anti-stock theft unit personnel in Karamoja has been attributed to the current success of eliminating cattle rustling and criminality in Karamoja.
A one week survey by this website noted Karamoja region has a total of 2,500 Anti-stock theft unit personnels deployed to jointly work with UPDF to end cattle rustling in Karamoja.
However the beauty of it is that each personnel lives in a decent new unipot unlike in the previous years of 2004 to 2010 where the Astu personnel build their own small houses using mad and water (commonly used to be known as mama ingia Pole) in Kiswahili.
This website also learnt that each personnel has about three to four pair of Uniform unlike the previous personnel who could have only one pair of uniform.
While on patrol each personnel is loaded with dry ratio and water this has been seen as the most motivational approach that has made the personnel to work without any regret to be in Karamoja.
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ASTU is a police unit which was carved from Field Force Unit and is mandated to prevent theft of cattle and currently their headquarters are in Karamoja.
The entire Karamoja region has a total of 100 detaches of Astu with all new unipots for the accommodation of the personnel.
Last year, the UN office of the high commissioner of human rights rated the force as the best in respecting human rights in Karamoja as they continue pursuing rustlers to hand over guns.
One of the personnel who spoke to this website on condition of anonymity because he’s not authorized to speak to the media said what they are enjoying in Karamoja has made them never regret why they were deployed in Karamoja
“We used to fear when we were brought to Karamoja because of the history of the region, no accommodation, rustlers are serious fighters but we have find life here so good and we are enjoying working in Karamoja.
Commissioner of Police who’s the commandant of the force Erias Kasirabo said he looked at decent accommodation for the personnel as one things that will make it easy for the personnel to deal with cattle rustling.
“Welfare of a personnel is the genesis of success, we are making success in eliminating cattle rustling in Karamoja together with our sister forces the UPDF simply because the personnel live in a decent accommodation, they have food and others,” said Kasirabo
According to Commissioner Kasirabo with the current joint operations in the region, Karamoja will not remain the same.
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