Lira Issues 2-month Amnesty for Illegal Fire Arm Holders Top story

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Security officials in Lira district have offered a two month amnesty and a chance for persons still holding onto illegal fire arms to hand them in and not face prosecution. Manshur Suwed, Central North regional police spokesperson, says the two month blanket amnesty is intended to promote peaceful recovery of illegal firearms.

Security officials in Lira district have offered a two month amnesty and a chance for persons still holding onto illegal fire arms to hand them in and not face prosecution.
 
Manshur Suwed, Central North regional police spokesperson, says the two month blanket amnesty is intended to promote peaceful recovery of illegal firearms.
 
Under this arrangement, anybody who returns an illegal firearm will not be prosecuted and his/her identity will be kept secret.
 
This is the second time security in Lira district is promoting voluntary disarmament in Lango after the end of LRA rebel insurgenency. The first effort was between February and April this year.
 
Manshur says the amnesty will run until October 31st and after which there will be a security sweep to track down illegal firearms.
 
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5th Division Deputy Army Spokesperson, 2nd Lt. George Musinguzi says illegal guns in circulation in the area are a great security threat.
 
 
Musinguzi says that some of the illegal guns are with the disbanded Amuka militia group and operatives.
 
Musinguzi insists that some Amuka auxiliary personnel did not hand over their guns at the time of disbanding the group.
 
Early this year, there were several killings and robberies in Lira town targeting business people.
 
The attacks revived fears of an insurgency and claimed the lives of 11 people between December 2013 and February 2014.