The Chairperson of the Karamoja Parliamentary Caucus Remigio Achia castigated UPDF for criminalising the entire region, saying such an attitude has led to the loss of over 3,000 law-abiding citizens and thousands of children forced into destitution in the streets or urban centres.
According to local leaders, the armed rustlers whose numbers were not established looted seven cattle from kiloko itiyo village in Loperebong Sub County and four others from Matakula village in Omiya Pacwa Sub-county.
Katakwi District police Commander Peter Oduko says the student was mistaken for a suspected cattle rustler. Similarly, Captain Hebert Arinaitwe, the UPDF 3rd Division spokesperson says that the student defied a directive to identify himself and opted to run away from the soldiers who had mounted an operation in the area.
Concerned residents of Teso-sub region have tasked Chief Justice Bart Katureebe to intervene in their four cases in which they sued government seeking to be compensated for the loss of their cattle to Karimojong raiders and soldiers.
The Pastoralism Policy, according to the group, was proposed during the Africa region level meeting in 2010. Members note that since then the draft has remained in the custody of the Agriculture ministry and not distributed to stakeholders for debate.
A total of 19 Dodoth cattle rustlers have surrendered to Uganda Peoplesâ€™ Defence Forces (UPDF) in Kaabong district. The rustlers mainly from the Dodoth clan in Karamoja region have been living in South Sudan after they fled the country around 2007 at the height of the disarmament exercise.
Three gunmen in military uniform on Friday night raided Kween district stealing 19 heads of cattle at gun point. On their way back to Nakapiripirit district, however, one of them was shot dead in an ambush staged at Nataparangan village, Nakapiripirit district.