President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has announced that all school going children from families affected by cattle rustling in Acholi and Lango sub regions will be allowed to study for free in government schools until the situation normalizes.
The President later directed the State Minister In-Charge of Northern Uganda, Hon. Grace Freedom Kwiyucwiny to coordinate with all the relevant authorities as well as the Office of the Prime Minister to document all the affected persons for them to receive relief aid.
Mr. Museveni was on Tuesday responding to calls by Political and Cultural leaders from Lango sub-region whom he met at Baralegi State Lodge in Okwang sub-county Otuke district, to the government to assist the displaced persons in their areas.
President Museveni however reiterated his firm stand to end cattle rustling in Acholi and Lango sub-regions following the identification of the gaps that the rustlers use for continuing with their raids.
He said the government will in the meantime also recruit 12 Local Defence Units (LDUs) per parish in the districts bordering Karamoja who will be trained and equipped to help the army.
President Museveni further pointed out corruption as another bottle neck and wondered how the security apparatus like the DISOs, ISOs and others just look on when the vice is rife in their areas.