Karamoja Security Commanders Get Legal Guidance on Operations

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Last updated on January 31st, 2023 at 01:00 pm

The joint Security Commanders in the Karamoja sub region have received legal guidance on the conduct of disarmament operations.

The one-day training that was held on Tuesday, 10th at UPDF 3rd division headquarters attracted twenty-eight participants from the joint forces.

The participants included Brig Gen Felix Busizoori, deputy Division Commander, Brigade Commanders, ASTU and territorial Police commanders, Prisons Officers and intelligence agencies among others.

Nine judicial officers, composed of  Chief Magistrates and Resident State Attorneys (RSA) who were led by Counsel Sayekwo Emmy (Moroto) explained to the top commanders on case file management, human rights observance and respect for the 48-hour rule for suspects to appear before Court among others.

Brig Gen. Joseph Balikudembe, the 3rd Division Commander of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces noted that the one-day seminar was timely and purposeful to help them improve on operational guidelines.

According to Balikudembe, they are committed to ensuring that peace returns to Karamoja but with high respect for human rights which was the main objective in the legal guidance.

Balikudembe said by respecting human rights they also strengthen their relationship with the communities where they operate.

He revealed that their personnel are also briefed properly and warned to avoid harming local people during the operations against illegal guns.

“We want to diversify operations, not to erode justice,” he said.

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Emmanuel Sayekwo, the Chief Magistrate for Moroto highlighted that unlike before, judicial services are now accessible and he remains optimistic for total return of peace and stability across the Karamoja sub region.

Sayekwo noted that the joint security forces, District  Local Governments and the judiciary play a vital role in the ongoing multi-sectoral disarmament operations.

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