UPDF deploys in West Nile, Balaalo herdsmen kicked out

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The security meeting

In the new district of Madi-Okollo, there was joint security sensitisation meeting on Thursday 08th/11/2019 at Alinyiri village, Ocea Parish, Rigbo Sub county, Madi-Okollo district following a conflict between the locals and the cattle keepers locally known as Balaalo.

The security team members present were the RPC West Nile, RISO West Nile, Brigade Commander, Regional CID officer, Police PRO West Nile, UPDF PRO West Nile, DPC, DISO and RDC Madi Okollo District, Local Council leaders from LC3 down to LC1, Elders, Land Committee members and Opinion leaders.

Its alleged that on Friday 01/11/2019, one Joachim Eguma, the LC1 chairman Alinyiri Village, Ocea Parish, Rigbo Sub county and two other locals were seriously assaulted by the Balaalo Cattle keepers which incidences were reported to Rigbo police post and are being investigated.

Meanwhile from the submissions by the locals present in the meeting, apart from the Balaalo conflicts, it was realised that there were elements of tribalism between Lugbara and the Madi, land wrangles, animals destroying crops, theft of animals, mob justice, ignorance of the law, lack of respect to the authorities and others.

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SP Angucia Josephine, PRO West Nile, said it was then resolved by the security team that:-

1) The Balaalo cattle keepers should leave the area immediately within 7 days as per the Presidential directive which was passed sometime back, and in this exercise corruption be avoided;

2) incidences which are criminal in nature be reported and managed by police;

3) No movement of animals at night;

4)The local leaders need to co-operate in identifying the cattle keepers as sending them away will be solely by the security;

5)Mob justice and lawlessness be avoided and those in authority be respected;

6) A new army detach was established in Rigbo Sub county so as to reinforce police in securing the area;

7) RPC West Nile gave out police contacts to members of the community and advised them to report threats, incidences, crime, accidents, wrong people to police for proper and quick management;

8) RISO advised them to avoid tribalism and segregation of any nature. That they should learn to coexist peacefully in order to attain development;

9)The local leaders were advised to have regular security meetings in order to minimise conflicts in the community;

10) Police PRO advised them to always follow police sensitisation programs on all the radio stations of the region in order to gain more knowledge on laws and criminal procedures.

The meeting participants appreciated the program and requested it to be conducted from time to time.

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