Kaabong Resident District Commissioner, John Rex Achilla, says the two raiders were killed in gunfire exchange with UPDF soldiers who intercepted them around Lochom hills, some 4 kilometers to Kaabong town Council.
This is the first incident of this kind to happened in Kaabong district, according to residents but instances of LDUs being involved in criminal acts have lately been recorded in Karamoja including their involvement in cattle raids.
Early this week, warriors ambushed an investor who was escorted by the UPDF to survey a site in Rupa Sub County, towards the Kenyan border. The Ambush at Naput area claimed the life of a UPDF soldier and left one other person injured.
Major Peter Mugisa, the 3rd Division Army Spokesperson, says that the Uganda Peoples Defence Force-UPDF soldiers using intelligence reports tracked the armed group towards the Kenyan border leading to the arrest of six suspects including their ring leader identified as “colonel".
Peter Okello Dere, the Nakabaat village LC I Chairperson identified the deceased as Mark Acia who settled in the camp three years ago as an artisanal miner from Nakapiripirit district. Okello also confirmed that 1,050 people have fled the camp and sought refuge in Nakiloro Trading Centre, some 10 kilometres to Moroto town.
They were shot dead during a fight between the security forces and the raiders at a protected kraal in Kakamar Sub county. The incident happened last night at 10:00 pm according to security sources in Kaabong.
On top of damaging their property and livestock, the stray bullets have been hitting residents causing permanent injuries and sometimes death. Records from the affected communities show that over 25 people have been affected by fragments from the explosives this year alone.
However, the Deputy Spokesperson of the Army Lt Col Deo Akiiki said that Kipoi being held in a military installation one doesnt need to visit there anytime he wishes. Akiiki explained that irrespective of who you are, you must follow the military rules since the detention aint an ordinary one.
Brig. Innocent Oula said that the UPDF needs a training of trainers course in civil-military operations and disaster management which will boost the forces capability to extend the same to its troops handling peace support operations.
Muhangi applied for bail through his lawyer, Captain Charles Ssekayita in January 2019 on grounds of ill health, saying he needs to get out of military custody to seek medication for ulcers, which he has been battling since 2007.
Delivering her ruling on Monday, Justice Jane Francis Aboddo of Criminal Division of High Court said that the High Court has no powers to grant Kipoi bail since he is being tried by the Military Court Martial. She advised Kipoi to apply for bail in the Court Martial.