Police Moves 4800 Litres Of Waragi To Moroto For Destruction

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Irene Aceng, the Karamoja Police spokesperson says the gin could not be destroyed in Napak town council for fear of reprisal.

Police is in the process of destroying 4800 liters of crude waragi in Moroto district. The waragi was impounded from Kangole town council in Napak district amidst protests. It was transferred to Moroto district on Sunday under tight police and UPDF security. Irene Aceng, the Karamoja Police spokesperson says the gin could not be destroyed in Napak town council for fear of reprisal.

She explains that the police had learnt of another deadly protest if the Waragi was destroyed in Napak district as a result decided to shift it gin 26 kilometers away to Moroto town. Nahaman Ojwee, the Moroto Resident District Commissioner encourages police to continue hunting for the dangerous gin. He claims that most people in the region resort to waragi to quell hunger due to lack of food, which endangers their lives.

He says the sub region is facing an escalation in cases of domestic violence related to excessive drinking. Capt. Jimmy Omara, the Uganda Peoples’ Defence 3rd Division spokesperson asks the police authority to equip police stations with teargas to help quell riots. His appeal came after two minors and a council were hit by stray bullets on Friday evening when police opened fire to disperse rioters in Kangole town council during an operation to impound the waragi.
Over 200 rioters armed with stones and sticks were protesting the order by Moroto magistrate court to destroy the local potent gin. So far police has destroyed close to 8,000 jerrycans of illicit potent gin in Karamoja in the last three years. 


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Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.