Security agencies in Kotido district have banned night movements along the Kotido-Moroto road following a resurgence of armed conflicts. Statistics from the office of the Resident District Commissioner indicate that within the last 30 days at least 42 people in Kotido district have been killed by the armed cattle rustlers or during a gunfire exchange with security forces in the area.
The survey that will cost about 86 Billion Shillings will start next month in the areas of Karamoja and Lamwo district. Dr Isaiah Tumwikirize, the principal Geophysicist in the Ministry of Energy and Minerals Development says that the survey will last for one year and six months.
Simon Peter Opolot, a mechanic says the power is now crucial factor in small industrial work citing himself who has now been able to start a metal fabrication workshop at Ministry of Works Village in Kotido town.
In an operation led by the Kotido District Police Commander, Apollo Kyangungu, the police managed to recover three metallic doors plucked off from a public toilet at Boma Ground and 97 angle bars. Other angle bars had been cut into pieces and packed into two bags.
The cattle market facility is expected to contain among others; offices for local government personnel, revenue collectors, veterinary doctors and other assorted services for the cattle sellers including paddocks for systematic trade.
Martin Lopira, the head of Warrior Squad, a Kotido-based non-governmental organization at the forefront of rehabilitating former warriors, says cattle raids have reduced significantly, with cattle thefts for the market taking its place.
Lometo says Karamoja is now 99 percent peaceful thanks to the disarmament programme. The region used to be infested with small arms which aided intra-communal, inter-communal and cross-border cattle raids and killings, making the place insecure and lag in development.
The new ordinance was passed alongside the Kotido District Tree Production and Range Land Management ordinance in December last year. They are among the three environmental protection ordinances formulated by the council early last year.