When URN reporter visited the local market in Kaabong town a can of maize was selling between 3,700 and 4,500 shillings an increase by almost 1,000 shillings. In December, maize grain was sold at 4, 000 shillings only.
Although she is not new to parliament, Nakwang has an uphill task to prove her relevance to the constituents, who had ejected her from the house in 2017, in a by-election that followed the nullification of the 2016 results over voter bribery and other election malpractices.
The latest victim is Puchi Napenyangura, 25, resident of Lopuyo village in Rengen Sub County, Kotido district. Puchi was allegedly killed by Benjamin Lootan at Warrior’s Street in Kaabong Town Council after a quarrel related to cattle thefts.
Yokosaphat Outa, the head teacher Kaabong Senior Secondary School, says hope is back after the education service commission considered all the teachers who were paid under PTA. The school now has a total of 14 teachers posted by government.
Bishop Joseph Abura said that while preservation of culture is a good practice, the Karamoja Cultural events are associated with spilling of blood for other gods. He says that he couldnt be party to idolatry that he observes is pulling the region backwards.
According Jimmy Ojok, the probation officer of Kaabong, cases of defilement brought against the local persons in the district are handled expeditiously compared to those against uniformed men and teachers. Ojok cites instances where four police officers, an LDU and two teachers have never been brought to book after defiling school going children.
Mark Abuku, the Kaabong district chairperson says the disarmament exercise, which has seen thousands of Karimojong warriors surrender their guns, has brought peace in the district hence the relative development being experienced in the district
The pastoralists were driven from their environs following a dry spell that hit the region for more than ten months. Whereas most pastoralists from Karamoja moved to Teso and Lango sub regions, others, especially the Jie from Kotido migrated to Kaabong, where hundreds of others from Kenya and South Sudan converged.