The State Minister for Youth and Children Affairs, Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi and local leaders in Bukomansimbi district, have opposed Gen Kale Kayihura’s order to deploy foot patrol police in the troubled district.
Speaking to media in Bukomasimbi, Nakiwala said patrolling the villages can’t be the solution to the current killings in the region because its a temporary remedy.
“Security forces in the country should instead ensure that the distribution of police posts is equivalent to the number of people in the district,” she said.
The deployment follows the attacks that resulted in the killing of five people on January 1.
The deployment is in Kibinge sub-county in Bukomansimbi district and in the border villages of Lwengo district.
Lwengo District chairman George Mutaabazi also opposed the move, saying patrolling can’t be the solution because, “as police is patrolling here, they (thugs) will go to Ssembabule. When forces are moved to Ssembabule, they (thugs) will return this side and cut people again.”
He advised locals to be vigilant.
“It’s upon the locals to organise themselves and secure their villages because a single policeman can’t oversee over five villages,” Mutabazi noted