LRA war schools now sheltering thugs

One of the schools - Awalkoknow abandoned in Omoro. Photo by Daniel Ojara.

By Daniel Ojara

Omoro30 November 2020: As the Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) were giving support to the government of Uganda during the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) war in northern Uganda, ‘many schools’ were built near and inside the internally displaced peoples’ camps (IDPs).

This was intended to offer a chance to children (learners) displaced with their parents to continue with their education.

And after the war ended in 2006, those schools were abandoned while others are now being used for other businesses. 

In Omoro town council, there were four primary schools built during LRA war, and now most of them “are better places for thugs” who hide in them during daytime and night.

During a public dialogue organized by the area local council one (LC1) chairpersons in Omoro town council on Saturday, two former primary schools for the displaced were cited as hiding places for criminals.

Local leaders say they (criminals) loot people and properties; waylay and are breaking into shops within the town council.

Charles Ojok, the area LC1 chairperson of Arwotomoya central ward, called on all the members of the LC1 chairpersons’ defence secretaries to pull up their socks and start tracking these idle youths.

Ojok added these criminals (idle youths) must be arrested by police.

According to him, the idle youths are causing fears at night and they are disorganizing businesses in the area.

Komakech Richard, the Omoro town council business communities’ chairperson who is also the LC1 chairperson Opit Upper, said two schools must be demolished.

The schools he ordered for their demolitions are Awalkok primary school and Lukwir primary school, which he says are “hotspot areas”.

Other primary schools for the displaced in the area are now homes to some teachers from Opit primary school, Opit SS and Omoro central high school.

Okello Kwoo Walter Lukwia, the Omoro town council LC3 chairperson who’s also the chairperson security committee, assured to the residents of “maximum security as they enter Christmas season”.

According to Okello Kwoo, security personnel will start patrolling all the renowned hotspot areas at night.

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