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Silencing Use Of Guns In Karamoja Can Be Done Soldiers But Removing The Guns Needs Museveni Himself

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KARAMOJA: Government has deployed thousands of soldiers and it’s still deploying more in the volatile Karamoja region, well these security personnels are trying their best to stop the violence in the region.

Since July 17th 2021, when the joint security forces launched the 3rd phase of disarmament in Karamoja, they have managed to recover over 1,000 guns which is more higher than the number which president Museveni used to launch his gorilla war which later brought him into power.

Despite the recovery of these guns, the region still has a high number of illegal guns which is giving security serious headache to recover. This website interacted with some of the reformed cattle  rustlers who revealed that they can only listen to president Museveni when he comes to Karamoja and announce to invite all the armed rustlers to take guns to him.

“Should the president now come to Karamoja himself and put a meeting in an open ground and call all those who still have guns to take to him, you will see the overwhelming number of guns that president Museveni will receive within shortest time”-said Icumar Apalokol.

Apalokol said the challenge  most people have declined to hand over their guns to the forces is due to lack of trust between rustlers and soldiers.

“You hand over a gun right now tomorrow morning, the same security comes and arrest you demanding  you to reveal more others who have guns which is not right and that’s the reason why many rustlers still refusing to hand over their guns”- Apalokol said

Mark Lopusnyang another elder explained that in the first disarmament which president Museveni himself launched in 2003 in Kangole Chin in Napak district, people handed over thousands of guns without any resistance unlike  now where there is a lot of resistance due to unfriendly approach used by the previous commanders.

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“We are yet to see and judge the approach that the  newly deployed 3rd division commander Maj Gen Don William Nabasa will use otherwise the approaches by the previous leaders seem to have been unfriendly to the rustlers.,”-he said.

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