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Security destroy over 3000 jerricans of illicit waragi

By: Melanie Aanyu

Aanyu Melanie | 95timefm

Security Karamoja Sub-region have disposed of 4,058 jerricans of illicit local gin (waragi) through court orders in the last seven months. The jerricans of illicit liquor were among the 5,005 that were impounded at various checkpoints.

Speaking during a security meeting in Amudat District , the commandant of Anti Stock Theft Unit (ASTU), Mr Elias Kasirabo, said consumption of illicit waragi has claimed some lives and facilitated cattle thefts in the sub-region.

Mr Kasirabo said they would continue to enhance operations at checkpoints to deal with the importation of illicit waragi and curb animal theft.

He said the operation has led to a reduction in crimes in Karamoja.

Mr Kasirabo urged local leaders to sensitise their communities on the dangers of poaching since the vice threatens tourism.

Mr Kasirabo also said animal husbandry is a much regulated activity and enforcement has changed the scenario from commercialised raids to thefts.

The 3rd Division Commander, Brig Gen Joseph Balikudembe,  highlighted significant operational achievements in regard to the ongoing  ‘Usalama Kwa Wote’  operations, loosely translated as  ‘peace for all’ in Karamoja.

He urged leaders to denounce criminality among communities for the sustainability of peace.