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Gen. Tumwiine Postpones Lira Trip Amid Sustained Tension

Minister of Security Gen Elly Tumwiine, who was this week appointed the head of the Cabinet committee handling the crisis in Lira, has deferred his planned visit to the area by one week.

The Cabinet committee, for the first time, convened a meeting with Members of Parliament at Office of the Prime Minister on Thursday from 10:30am to 1:30pm.

The meeting was held ahead of the expected visit by Gen. Tumwiine and his team to Lira on Friday (today) to interface with the local leaders in a bid to address the deteriorated security situation in the area.

According to sources who attended the closed door meeting, it was realized that the situation on the ground was still “too tense” and “unfavorable” for direct interface with the local population.

The meeting on the advice of Gen. Tumwine concluded that the visit to the ground is going to happen on Friday November 30th 2018.

“There will be no visit to Lira today. Things are still so tense there and unfavorable for any meaningful interaction. The visit is postponed,” said a source who attended the meeting.

The meeting was also attended by Lands Minister, Betty Amongi, a member of the Cabinet committee and State Minister for Defense, Rt. Col. Charles Okello Engola.

MPs who attended the meeting included: Parliament Commissioner, Cecilia Ogwal; Jimmy Akena of Lira Municipality; Hamson Obua of Ajuri; Otuke Woman MP, Sylvia Akello; Kole Woman MP, Judith Alyek; Tonny Ayo of Kwania county; Paul Amoru of Dokolo north; Oyam woman MP, Santa Alum; Julius Achon of Otuke county among others.

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Gen. Tumwiine on Thursday confirmed to us that he is chairing the Cabinet committee handling the crisis which is yet to be officially announced.

He urged us to wait for official communication which is yet to be made.

The Lango Parliamentary Group Spokesman, Paul Amoru confirmed the development to our reporter.

“We had a successful meeting on Thursday with Gen. Tumwine and we are expecting him for a bigger meeting in Lira on Friday next week,” said Amoru.

The Friday (next week) meeting is to involve MPs, traditional and religious leaders, local government leaders, RDCs, DISOs and DPCs in Lango sub region, business representatives among others.

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