The UPDF 3rd Infantry Division which is enforcing the Presidential Directive on disarming the Karimojng is now on standby class one, to prevent any further terror attacks against security installations as wells as the general public.
According to the Mt. Moroto Regional Police Spokesperson, Michael Longole the police and the joint security forces in Karamoja have recovered 9,118 heads of cattle out of the 10,200 that were reported to have been raided or stolen.
A consortium of NGOs including Mercy Corps, Catholic Relief Services and White Taker among others are mobilizing the youths and families that handed over illegal guns voluntarily with an aim of sensitizing and empowering them for income generating activities such that they do not go back to raiding.
The 16 were apprehended today, Sunday in Nadunget Sub County during a peaceful identification exercise for over 1,700 impounded cattle from Kodonyo and Napar-Kwangan parishes in Lopuyo Sub County, Moroto district.
Selling petrol in bottles which is behind the frequent fires is now a booming business as boda boda riders and car owners prefer petrol in bottles to fueling form the fuel stations, where they say pump attendants cheat them by giving less than the specified amounts.
It is alleged that the cattle were stolen from a neighbouring village on Thursday night, and according to the Police, footmarks from the scene of the crime were tracked to Oloo's village in Nasinyonoit. This happened just hours after Oloo returned to Moroto from Soroti, where he lost a petition challenging the outcome of the January 2021 polls.
“It is unfortunate, this information reached to us late as security we did what we can at that moment. Good enough those women were released by the warriors alive, thanks to God,” said Longole in a statement on Saturday night. He called on the community to be vigilant by reporting such incidents or any crime immediately to security agencies.
The ASTU Commander Elias Kasirabo says that if the traders or sellers fail to provide required documents relating to the sale or movement of cattle from one destination to another, police will hold the cattle as investigations continue.
The 3rd Division Spokesperson, Captain Edrin Mawanda, says that some of the suspects were captured during combat while others were arrested based on intelligence reports indicating that they have illegal firearms, which is a capital offence and attracts a long sentence if found guilty.
On Friday night, at around 9.00 pm, a 90-year-old woman was shot four times by unknown gunmen in Katanga, one of the suburbs where most killings by gun have taken place this year. Already three residents have now been killed by unknown gunmen in the area since the beginning of the year.