MOYO. The authorities of Moyo town council in Moyo district have demanded the relocation of Moyo central police station (CPS) and the barracks to give room for the expansion of the central business area.
This, they say will also help to decongest the town which has witnessed unprecedented population increase in recent years coupled with urban refugees.
The leaders argue that the police station and its barracks which were constructed in the late 1940s sit on close to 10 acres of prime land which if turned into commercial use, can be more viable other than the current use of residential.
Speaking during a recent meeting in Moyo people’s hall, Ms Vivian Chota, the town clerk (TC) Moyo town council proposed that the police station and its barracks should be relocated to Erepi Radum village in Metu sub-county which is a new site for the proposed construction of Moyo district headquarters.
According to Chota, the objective of increasing the business area is to create opportunities for new businesses and also to increase chances for the district to attain municipality status since it is one of the traditional districts in the country.
The town clerk said a number of roads and other infrastructural developments have been happening in the town to enable it to achieve its objective of a municipality status.
She appealed to the leaders and the business community to be focused and determined for the development of the town which she said is the face of the district.
Mr Williams Anyama, the Moyo district chairman said the proposed site in Erepi was already planned for the same purpose.
Anyama noted that the district recently turned down a request by the police to facelift the barracks on grounds that it will soon be relocated but in the meantime, he said the police station will be maintained in the area to control crime.
According to Anyama, a police post will later be recommended in the central business area to control crime.
He stressed that they are already in negotiations with the Internal Affairs ministry to see how smoothly the relocation can be done.
Mr Christopher Obia, the regional CID North West Nile region supported the idea of relocating the barracks but said there is need to sign-gift deed document which would back the district police commander’s (DPC) decision to write to the inspector general of police (IGP) to allow their engineers and surveyors to make assessments of the given piece of land.