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ASTU to establish more detachments in Karamoja

Police and UPDF have stepped up their joint operations to forcefully recover 500 estimated illegal guns from the hands of armed native Karimojong

Moroto, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Anti Stock Theft Unit (ASTU) command in Karamoja is to establish more detachments across the sub-region to help curb cattle rustling in the region.

The establishments will also assist in the ongoing forceful disarmament that is running for 3 months targeting an estimated 500 illegal guns still in the hands of the Karimojong.

As more forces begin arriving at the regional headquarters in Moroto, ASTU command with the help of political leadership are identifying the strategic locations for the establishment of the detachments.

The reinforcement comes as police and UPDF step up their joint operations to forcefully recover 500 estimated illegal guns from the hands of armed native Karimojong. Also, regional leaders have been calling on the security personnel to boost their presence to match the notorious armed natives who have been resisting disarmament.

Michael Longole, the Moroto Police Spokesperson says that the region received additional reinforcement. He however declined to disclose numbers.

The forceful disarmament which stated started last week has seen 14 guns recovered in the past seven days with 52 live bullets. Since July this year, 114 guns and 1,101 ammunition have been recovered, 534 warriors arrested with 350 now serving sentences after being convicted for illegal firearms.

Captain Edrin Mawanda, the 3rd Division UPDF Spokesperson says the general security situation in the region is calm but calls on the local community to report to the security agencies persons in possession of illegal guns.

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