The aim is to find solutions to save the Turkana cows that are suffering from starvation. These leaders highlight the shared pastoral nature of their communities and stress the importance of preventing the Turkana cows from dying of hunger. They argue that this action is not only humane but also critical for maintaining peace and preventing potential conflicts in Karamoja.
Colonel Richard Kidega, the 403rd Infantry Division commander, explained that the decision was made because it became difficult for the forces to care for the animals due to the lack of pasture and water.
Mary Nachap, a produce dealer in Naput trading center, Rupa Sub County said that they have lost a number of customers due to the ongoing security operations against the Turkana pastoralists grazing around their areas.
As of Wednesday, two guns were received from the Turkana Pastoralists in Naput army detachment pending one.
In May 2023, President Yoweri Museveni ordered all the Turkana pastoralists grazing in Karamoja to return to Kenya as one of the measures to curb gun violence in the region.
Michael Longole, the Mt Moroto Regional Police Spokesperson says that they are cracking down on the motorists without proper documentation following intelligence that some of the motorcycles are used to facilitate crime.
According to security, the registration and branding of cattle will enable them to manage the recoveries of stolen cows and avert exaggeration of numbers which have always put security forces under pressure to track animals that do not exist.
However, the proposal has generated a debate as a section of leaders oppose the plan lamenting that branding of cattle will be a waste of resources for no value.
The suspect who escaped has been identified as Alfred Mukusu, who was arrested on 18th of May 2023 for allegedly defiling a 10 years old girl. The officers under arrest had brought him out of the cell to clean the police compound when he bolted.
While presiding over the handover at the UPDF 3rd Division headquarters on Friday, Gen Wilson Mbadi, the Chief of Defence Forces thanked the outgoing commander for his contribution to address the insecurity in the region.
According to John Robert Adupa, the LC 3 Chairperson of Lotisan Sub County, residents from Kidepo who were following the footprints of suspected thieves were alerted by someone from Looyarakamwae village in Rupa Sub County that an unidentified man had been murdered in the area.
According to Justin Tuko, the Moroto Deputy Resident District Commissioner, the suspect was arrested on Monday evening in Nabokat village, Nadunget Sub County. The authorities received reliable information that the suspect had been moving around different villages within the area to avoid arrest.
John Robert Adupa, the LC3 chairperson for Lotisan Sub County in Moroto district told URN that all the five minors who were undergoing treatment at Lodwar referral hospital have been discharged in a stable condition.
Brig Gen Joseph Balikudembe, the UPDF 3rd Division commander told URN that they conducted their operations following intelligence indicating that the kraal was accommodating criminal elements terrorizing Moroto town and other places.
Father Michael Lubega, a Parish Priest at Regina Mundi Cathedral, told URN that the young generation in Karamoja has been raised in violence and it is high time the people of Karamoja embraced peace for development.