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Major Gen Nabasa Starts Community Outreaches On Peace In Karamoja

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After the Turkana pastoralists grazing their animals  in Karamoja killed three Uganda government geologists in Moroto in March 2022, Gen Muhonzi Kainerugaba then commander land forces assured the armed Karimojong and Turkana in Karamoja he was going to take hell to them.

Major Gen Don William Nabasa and Commandant ASTU commissioner Erias Kasirabo and RPC Francis Chemusto with the community during the outreach mobilization in Lokopo, Napak district-PHOTO BY STEVEN ARIONG

After his tweet that went viral  and condemnation from many people, UPDF and Astu police indeed swung in action flashing out all the Turkana pastoralists back to Kenya. That operation led to the arrest of many pastoralists some of whom are still in jail and others released.

The joint forces intensified serious operations against the armed criminals, however criminals also never gave up carrying out their activities and cattle rustling. Despite the presence of heavily armed joint forces in the region, the rustlers have continued engaging in raiding.

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But with the coming of the new 3rd  division new commander Major Gen Don William Nabasa, he has introduced a new approach which has greatly been welcomed by elders, youth and peace loving people.

Major Gen Don William Nabasa the 3rd division commander and Commissioner Erias Kasirabo commandant of ASTU and RPC Francis Chemusto addressing the media-PHOTO BY STEVEN ARIONG

Gen Nabasa has since launched community based outreach approach meeting with all criminals, women and youth in their villages calling for end in cattle rustling and handover guns peaceful to the security.

On Friday last week Gen Nabasa accompanied by commissioner of police who’s also commander of Anti-stock theft Unit of police Erias Kasirabo started community outreach led program in Lokopo sub county in Napak district.

The people who attended the first meeting were Karimojong youth from Kotido, Moroto,Napak and Abim and they were accompanied by their political leaders.

During the engagement, Kasirabo urged the Karimojong to stop criminality and get engaged into productive activities such as farming, business and sending children to school.

In his remarks Gen Nabasa said his main objective for Karamoja is to plant a mark stone of peace through dialogue and harmony among the Karimojong and their neighbors. The Jolly and happy but also a nonsense speaking Gen told political leaders in Karamoja to lead by example.

“Let’s love our country, our region Karamoja, we should utilise the available resources for developing our region”- said Nabasa

Paul Komol the district chairperson of Kotido hailed the approach by the General saying Karamoja needs dialogue.

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