In the letters, four-morning show presenters were issued with warnings over what the warriors described as continuous discussions on the security situation in Karamoja. Those warned include Timothy Eodu, Catherine Alany of Akica FM and Fiona Nambuya and Innocent Kodet of Ateker FM.
The Uganda Peoples’ Defense Force- UPDF soldiers at the 3rd Division recovered 150 illegal guns in the hands of civilians across the nine districts of Karamoja. This is almost twice, the number of guns recovered in 2019 and 2018 in the region.
A number of murder cases which include shootings, strangulations and other forms have been reported in the district. The recent case that compelled the team to camp in Kaabong this week involves a civilian, Longem Tayal, 22, resident of Kalonyangiat village in Kalapata Sub County.
The 3rd Division Brigade Investigations Officer Maj Ephraim Byaruhanga confirms that two civilians were killed and another injured during the attack. He says the UPDF tracked the footmarks to the border with South Sudan.
Since November, last year, 22 firearms with 309 ammunitions have been recovered by the UPDF from armed Karimojong warriors. Also 144 warriors have been tried in a court martial in Moroto district and those convicted are serving various terms in different government Prisons.
But the peace is being threatened by reports of illegal arms entering the region from neighbouring Kenya and South Sudan. The influx of arms has also revived cattle raids along borders and within the various Karimojong ethnicities.
RDC Okoth Nyalulu says the campaign codenamed â€œKeep Kaabong Gun-free,â€ involves competition between the sub counties in the district. At the end of the year, the winning sub county will be rewarded with a tractor to open up farm land for all the residents for free.