On 26th Jan 24 armed Turkana herdsmen crossed into the Ugandan territory with a herd of cattle and had been grazing in Lotisan sub county, Moroto district, an action that undermines the existing Executive order No 3 of 19 May 2023.
It is against this background that the forces in the operation area of Mogos had impounded the livestock in order for armed Turkana herdsmen to surrender illegal guns.
The security team has established that all the armed warriors who used to terrorize the districts of kaabong and kotido have crossed to karenga district where they are hiding in the game park. The warriors are now stealing people’s food and feed on wild meat before going for cattle raids.
Early last month, the district security committee gave the armed warriors up to two weeks to come out of the jungle and use the amnesty window to surrender illegal firearms in their possession. However, the time has elapsed without any single gun recovered and the security situation is worsening despite several security peace dialogues.
Following the peace dialogues between the Pian and Pokot, the leaders from both sides have asked the authorities to consider allowing the two communities to jointly graze their cattle so that they can strengthen their peace mission.
Michael Longole, the Mt. Moroto regional Police spokesperson said that PC Abala was convicted and dismissed from the Uganda Police Force for masterminding and misleading other officers to commit a crime.
Michael Longole, the Mt Moroto Regional police spokesperson, says that the officers from the joint security forces came under attack while on their way to apprehend the suspected warriors. The injured officers are Jamri Mulondo, 27, and James Omara, 36, both attached to Sangar ASTU detachment and Sangar UPDF detachment respectively.
Brig Gen Felix Busizoori, deputy commander UPDF 3rd division said that they have started their operations against the Turkana Pastoralists because they partly contribute to the insecurity in the region.
Michael Longole, the Mt Moroto Regional Police spokesperson, confirmed these developments and stressed ongoing efforts to merge military detachments to form a formidable force capable of countering potential attacks.
Francis Lochoro, the Lorengecora Town Council LC 3 chairperson, led the team that apprehended Mosing and his associates while selling the stolen cows in Ongerepo village on September 17th. The stolen animals were successfully recovered.