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Gulu Deputy RDC Warns Against Vigilantism After Residents Vandalize Cattle Keeper’s Fence

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In a stern message to the residents of Gulu, Deputy Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Cosmas Okidi has strongly cautioned against engaging in acts of taking the law into their own hands. The warning follows the recent arrest of some Gulu residents who were apprehended for causing damage to the wall fence of a local ‘mulaalo’ (cattle keeper).

Okidi emphasized that the district security committee is entrusted with the responsibility of executing Presidential directives and ensuring the eviction of non-compliant ‘balaalos.’ He underscored the importance of adhering to due process, with law enforcement officers being the designated authorities for implementing law and order. Communities, he noted, should play a role in providing information about the whereabouts of non-compliant cattle keepers rather than resorting to self-help measures.

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During an inspection on Monday, Okidi revealed that two cattle keepers in the district were evicted for failing to comply with the Presidential directives. The move is part of a broader effort to enforce compliance within the stipulated time frame, as the three-week deadline for ‘Balaalos’ to adhere to the Presidential directives concluded on November 24, 2023.

Gulu district Chairman, Hon. Christopher Opio Ateker, echoed the call for collaboration among leaders, urging them to unite and work as a cohesive team. He stressed the importance of implementing the directives peacefully, emphasizing the need for a collective effort in ensuring the well-being of the community.

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As tensions rise and the enforcement of directives continues, Deputy RDC Okidi further cautioned activists against inciting communities to take matters into their own hands. The emphasis remains on a collaborative approach, with law enforcement officers positioned as the primary enforcers of the law, and communities encouraged to report non-compliant situations rather than resorting to vigilante actions.

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