Napak Police Gets New Accommodation

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Police officers in Napak district have received accommodation facilities worth 2.9 billion shillings from European Union.
The four blocks containing four housing units each were built under Karamoja Livelihood Program (KALIP) through the Office of the Prime Minister with funding from Eleventh European Union Development Fund. Two blocks have been constructed at Kangole Central Police Station and others at Lokitedet village next to Napak district headquarters, a proposed site for Napak Central Police Station.
Gonzaga Mayanja, a commissioner in the office of the prime minister says the project was lobbied for by the First Lady, Janet Museveni, during her tenure in the Karamoja Affairs ministry. He notes that the construction works are part of Karamoja civil works for the KALIP project that ended in 2015.
Mayanja adds that the 2.9 billion shillings also drilled 12 boreholes, built two valley tanks, and purchased two motor bikes and two computers among others within Napak and the entire sub-region.
The deputy Inspector General of Police,  Okoth Ochola, who attended the commissioning of the facilities says the donation is a boost to the force which he notes has insufficient accommodation.  He urged his officers to use the new facilities to enhance execution of their constitutional mandate.
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The minister for Karamoja affairs, John Byabagambi, while commissioning the facilities cautioned officers against misuse of the houses. Byabagambi said that as government works towards improving the welfare of the police personnel, the men in uniform should also strive to serve the community.
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Peter Aleper, the LC1 of Lopida village which governs Kangole Central Police Station, says the new facilities have given Kangole a new face to suit the central Police station status. He notes that the facilities will now enable senior officers to stay with their families.
Police officers in Napak, including the district police commander, have been staying in huts and unipots including the district police commander. The two bedroomed- self-contained houses have solar panels and other spacious rooms to cater for a family.
However, the regional police commander, Mt Moroto, Richard Aruk Maruk, says two police stations which include Amudat in Amudat district and Namalu in Nakapiripirit district are in dire need for both office structures and accommodation.


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