MARACHA. The residents of Atoro village have welcomed the establishment of a new police post at their trading centre along Uganda - Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) border in Oluvu sub-county, Maracha district.

“We are happy that at least peace and stability will this time round rain upon us because of this new police post,” said Mr Amos Atiku, the Oluvu sub-county chairperson.

According to Atiku, Atoro has to be a conduit for criminal activities due to its strategic location with the neighbouring DRC.

Atiku said with the opening of the new police post, his biggest political dream of protecting the lives of people and their property has been achieved.

“I complained that as the rest of the people in the country are enjoying peace, my people are not sleeping at all. Animals are being stolen, people are killed due to mob justice every time. Now I want to thank police authorities for listening to the public outcry to enhance border security for the people of Oluvu sub-county by establishing a police post,” the visibly delighted Atiku remarked.

During the official opening of the post on Tuesday, the regional police commander – West Nile, Mr Christopher Barugahare stated that he purely granted the police post due to public demand.

“The local leaders in Oluvu sub-county have been on the back of top security officers reminding them in every occasion to establish police posts and military barracks at the porous border points to curb insecurity and crime,” Barugahare explained.

He, however, cautioned the police officers of the new post against extorting money from complainants and the public in the course of executing their duty.
Meanwhile the regional CID officer, Mr Robert Wanyoto said the police post may be a puppet if locals don’t cooperate with police by reporting crimes committed in the community.

“Let us be responsible citizens and when a crime is committed in your area with your full knowledge, don’t fail to report it to police for action,” Wanyoto advised.

Similarly, Mr Lawrence Adiga, the Maracha district chairman appealed to the residents to always be law abiding citizens and respect the officers deployed at the post.

“I want to caution the people of Atoro against taking the law in their hands to undermine the police officers posted to work here. It has happened in other places like Yivu sub-county where a police officer was killed some time back,” Adiga said.

“We don’t want to see locals fighting with police officers and grabbing their guns. This is criminal and as a result, you can be charged with treason,” Adiga warned.
At least five police officers were deployed to man the police post which is the third along the border in Maracha district.