Security On High Alert As First Lady Janet Returns To Karamoja

Security organs have been placed on high alert as Janet Museveni, the minister for Karamoja affairs returns to the sub region after eight months.

First Lady Janet Museveni
First Lady Janet Museveni

Police as the leading agency in the surveillance alongside UPDF have been tasked to ensure all routes that will be used by the first lady are safe.

Janet Museveni on Thursday morning inaugurated a veterinary centre for treating animals at Nadunget Sub County. At mid-day she commissioned a new police post in Rupa sub county 10 kilometres from Moroto town.

In a related development, this evening the first lady will be holding a closed door meeting with local leaders and elders from Moroto at the district headquarters. Among others the team will discuss food security, health and the ailing Universal Primary Education in Karamoja.

Meanwhile, traffic in Moroto town parking and movement for all vehicles has been altered for fear of a terrorist attack on the first lady’s convoy. Motorists have been asked to keep out of town temporarily. Vehicles leaving or entering Moroto have been diverted five kilometres before reaching town.

A top senior security official who declined to avail his details due to the sensitivity of the matter says Karamoja is a neighbour to Somalia, a home of terrorists. He explains that we have to put into account by protecting the life of the first lady and the public at large.

Okot Obwona, the Regional Police Commander Mt. Moroto area when contacted by Uganda Radio Network could neither deny nor confirm. He asked the reporter more time to answer back since he alleged that he was busy.

Irene Aceng, Karamoja Police spokesperson, says displacing or altering vehicle movement is part of the security. She goes on to say that security agencies have to ensure that the first lady is safe at all costs. She appeals to motorists to be calm as the arrangement won’t last.

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