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North safe for referendum – army

By Vision Reporter

Added 20th July 2005 03:00 AM

AS the referendum date draws closer, the army has assured politicians and civilians of security in the north, report Hillary Kiirya and James Odongo Akia.

AS the referendum date draws closer, the army has assured politicians and civilians of security in the north, report Hillary Kiirya and James Odongo Akia.
UPDF spokesman Lt. Col. Shaban Bantariza urged politicians to carry on with civic education on the referendum.
He said in some parts, where rebels are suspected to be hiding, politicians should alert the army to provide security.
Bantariza was responding to politicians who wondered whether the north was safe for civic education.
“The situation has normalised and 90% of the region is rebel-free. The LRA command structure has been weakened with most top commanders and advisers were captured and others surrendered,” Bantariza told a press briefing in Kampala last week.
He said there were about 300 rebels with about 10 commanders and 150 guns in the north.
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North safe for referendum – army

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