When the LRA attacked Teso in 2003, Okot joined the Teso Arrow group that flashed out the rebels who had killed, looted and molested women and children in the area. He left the UPDF auxiliary force in 2006 and joined politics, which course took him to prison.
Brigadier Joseph Balikudembe, the 3rd Division Commander urged the women to be part of the pacification efforts. He noted that they would become more vulnerable if their husbands died in raids or forceful disarmament.
Peter Achucu Lokiru, a renowned raider responsible for raids in Karamoja and Turkana handed over himself to the army at the 3rd Division Headquarters in Moroto and promised to work with the UPDF and local authorities to persuade his fellow warriors to abandon the jungles and hand over their weapons voluntarily.
Remigio Acia, the Chairperson of Karamoja Parliamentary Group, says the money will boost the capacity of the security personnel and equip them to handle the task ahead. Acia notes that there is need to invest in civil-military tactics and fully operationalize security intelligence systems to net the armed criminals.
The 12 lorries are being held at Nakapiripirit Central Police Station where the animals are being inspected as the communities in Lorengedwat in Napak district where a recent raid was reported are being called to come and try to identify their animals.
Jimmy Odoongo, the attendant says the men who stormed the place at 10.00 pm first tied him with a rope, blind folded his face with a cloth threatening to shoot if he did not tell hand them the keys to the slot machines.
Lokwang has asked the UPDF to increase their presence along the Uganda- Kenya border especially at Kamion and Timu, where there is limited military presence coupled with a scarce population in the area.