The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among has directed the Minister for Security and Minister of Internal Affairs to respond to the reported insecurity in Gulu City and neighbouring districts.

The directive follows concerns raised by Layibi-Bardege Division Member of Parliament, Martin Ojara Mapenduzi, who is worried about the safety of his constituents in Gulu City after unknown gunmen murdered residents.

Mapenduzi said that there are increasing cases of attacks by robbers, especially in the night and the most affected category of people by these armed robbers are the motorcycle cyclists.

He noted that the incidents had generated fear and panic in the city which has greatly affected economic activities, especially at night.

He said that whereas the area Police and the Resident City Commissioner are willing and ready to resolve the matter, the lack of facilitation to include cars, fuel among others has remained to be a big challenge in their work.

“The four District Police Commanders for Gulu City, Gulu district, Layibi-Bardege Division and Laroo-Pece Division are all sharing one vehicle that has been in use for over 10 years and in a bad state. This renders the Police ineffective to ensure the safety and the security of the citizens,” Mapenduzi said.

He appealed to the Minister of Internal Affairs to urgently respond to the insecurity in the city and provide adequate vehicles to assist Police to ensure safety.

The Government Chief Whip, Thomas Tayebwa, in response emphasized the need for the districts and other government officials to Chanel their concerns to the Police top leadership for fruitful results.

“Let districts or other government officials stop indirectly lobbying for services through MPs and instead lobby through their superiors,” said Tayebwa.

He challenged the area Police and the Resident City Commissioner to address the matter raised by Mapenduzi even with the existing challenges.

Kalungu West MP, Joseph Ssewungu, challenged the Government to treat the matter raised by Mapenduzi with the urgency it deserves. He said that Parliament is an institution for the people and people run to Parliament when all other options have failed.

”If a member comes on the Floor of Parliament and says Police in his or her district is lacking vehicles, they are giving a position of what is happening in the district when other options have failed,” said Ssewungu.