Police Press for Strict Gun Safety Rules

2014 Views Moroto, Uganda

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Francis Tumwesigye, the Napak District Police Commander says that they are interrogating the officers.

Three Special Police constables in Napak district are in trouble after their rifles and 200 bullets were destroyed by fire. They are Enock Ediau, John Robert Akol and Augustine Ocen, all attached to Nakichumet Police detachment. Francis Tumwesigye, the Napak District Police Commander says that they are interrogating the officers. Tumwesigye says that John Robert Akol and Augustine Ocen had kept their guns with Ediau and gone to Moroto to check on their salaries in the bank.

Tumwesigye suspects that the fire started from a candle that was left unattended too in one of the grass thatched huts. He says they had just deployed in the area without proper accommodation facilities due to escalating crime in Nakicumet village. He appealed to police officers to always deposit their fire arms at designated police posts before proceeding for other business. Following the incident police has called on other security forces to foster stricter gun safety and control in Karamoja.

Okot Obwona, the Regional Police Commander Mt. Moroto area says appropriate measures have to be undertaken in ensuring that firearms are safe. He adds that weapons have to be kept safely and in a secure place to prevent unauthorized use. He says guns should not be kept together with ammunition. He advises security forces to store the rifles in approved boxes with locking devices. 


About the author

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.