Security in Karamoja region including the Uganda Prisons Service has placed its personnel on a high security alert.
This follows the rising security tension posed by clashes between warriors, cattle rustlers and locals in the districts of Nakapiripirit, Kabong, Amudat and Kotido.
The increase in security preparedness came on the heels of a recent attempted attack on Kotido Government Prison.
Reports indicate that on Sunday night, warriors raided the prison facility located in Lagiye county at around midnight with an intention to break into the Armoury.
“There was an exchange of fire because they were targeting the Armoury for more guns and ammunitions. Fortunately, there was no causality on our side and we’re not sure whether the warriors sustained any causality,” said Frank Baine, the prisons spokesperson on Wednesday in Kampala
Baine cleared speculation that the warriors had robbed guns from the prison facility saying ” It’s not True”
He said that prison staff especially in the Karamoja region have been briefed about the rising tensions and placed on standby to ensure that warriors don’t attack again.
Meanwhile, Police and sister security agencies have since pitched camp in the region to curtail cattle rustling and armed robbery which has become rampant since the beginning of this year. Many people and animals have died from such clashes.
Relatedly, the prisons publicist also provided an update on the situation at Kayiti prison in East Busoga where inmates had been placed under quarantine following a positive case of covid19 at the facility recently.
“Quarantine at Kayiti prison has been relaxed, we have gone back to our normal business and we would like to inform relatives of those inmates at Kayiti that things are safe,” he said