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Protection Vigilantes (Uganda)

Name assigned by coder: yes
PGM ID Number: 193
Country: Uganda
Date formed: March 25, 2000
Details of Formation: These groups were armed to protect themselves against the Karamoja warriors/vigilantes that were armed by the Anti Stock Theft Unit movement in the 80s and 90s. The government struggled to control the ASTU, the Karamoja in particular, and therefore, to help protect neighbouring districts they created opposing militias.
Date dissolved: Unknown
Details of Termination:
Successor group(s): none
Private Military Company? no
Government Relation: type1
Government Link(s): person/minister; state/military institution
Training and Equipment yes
Shared Information and Joint Operations no information
Shared personnel no information
Types of Material Support: domestic government
State Sponsor(s): none
Other Connection(s):
Membership: village/rural; adolescents
Location: areas neighbouring Karamoja
Force Strength: [unknown, unknown]
Target(s): criminals
Purpose(s): self-defense and security
Other Information: These groups were armed to protect themselves against the Karamoja warriors/vigilantes that were armed by the Anti Stock Theft Unit movement in the 80s and 90s. The government struggled to control the ASTU, the Karamoja in particular, and therefore, to help protect neighbouring districts, they handed out arms. Officials claimed at the time that disarming the karamoja was a priority but was going to be more expensive and require more resources than arming vigilantes in the neighbouring districts.

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