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More community police posts needed in karamoja, says minister

Aanyu Melanie | 95timefm

The Minister of Karamoja Affairs, Ms Mary Goretti Kitutu, has called for establishment of more community police posts in Karamoja Sub-region to fight cattle raiders.

Ms Kitutu said the police posts will quicken response to raids and in the long run restore peace and cause development.

She was speaking during the commissioning of Morulem Community Police Post in Obulokome Town Council, Abim District, on Tuesday.

Morulem is one of the seven police posts that were constructed by the Office of the Prime Minister with funding from the European Union under the Development Initiative for Northern Uganda (DINU) to increase presence and strengthen capacity of police.

Mr James Ocaya, the police director for research planning and development, said only 24 out of 76 sub-counties in Karamoja have police posts.

Ms Pamela Kabahesi, the national programme coordinator of DINU, said they are also training about 500 police officers.