The erection of a police station at Nakiloro, Uganda’s border crossing with Kenya, has residents of Katikekile sub county in Moroto district delighted.
The sub-county has only one police station, which is located at the sub-county headquarters, but the area, which is a booming center, has been left without security staff, leaving women and children vulnerable to abuse.
The action, according to Veronica Lokeris, a native of Nakiloro Parish, is timely. Lokeris, who provided the site for the police station, claims that the community, particularly the women, has been subjected to a number of incidences of domestic abuse.
She expects that the installation of a police station in the region will minimize criminal activity.
Another Nakiloro resident, Loumo Apailoro, is optimistic that their main problem of domestic violence will be alleviated.
Abraham Dengel Lobur, the Katikekile sub county chairperson, expressed optimism that the deployment of police at the border area will help to alleviate insecurity.
The police post at the Nakiloro border is one of seven police stations being built in Karamoja by the Prime Minister’s office to boost security and safety in the region.
Others are being built at a cost of 6.2 billion shillings in the districts of Amudat, Abim, Karenga, Kotido, Napak, and Nakapiripirit.
The Minister for Karamoja Affairs, Dr Goretti Kitutu, declared during the construction’s launch that the government was committed to securing the region’s population.
Dr. Kitutu stated that the government would increase police capability in human rights enforcement and the protection of the girl child in the region.
500 police personnel will be taught in human rights and policing, according to Isiah Kitimbo, the Communication Officer in the Prime Minister’s Office.