The public has expressed fear about the safety and security situation on some of the roads following ambushes against civilians and security personnel. One of the attacks claimed the life of Abraham Lomongin, a former worker with UNICEF who was shot dead around Rikitae in Kotido just after Toror hills.
John Rex Aachilla, the Kaabong Resident District Commissioner told Uganda Radio Network in an interview that peace committees have been instrumental in curbing cattle theft in Karamoja, which Acholi leaders should emulate.
The Kitgum Resident District Commissioner, William Komakech told URN in an interview that the deceased was part of two other armed warriors who had invaded Kamading village on the fateful morning from Kotido district.
More than 1,000 youthful vigilantes in Paimol sub-county, one of the areas frequented by the cattle thugs early this year volunteered to guard their kraals and protect animals from looters. This comes at the backdrop of an increment in cases of cattle theft in the district by warriors from the neighbouring Karamoja region.
The warning comes just days after suspected Karimojong Warriors attacked Uganda Wildlife Authority barracks at Moru-alokwamgat, in Panyangara Sub County, Kotido district, and made off with three guns and unspecified number of ammunition.
Awany leaders from both districts resolved recently to deploy a joint force comprising of the police and the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces -UPDF where the herdsmen are grazing their animals to monitor their activities.
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.
Hundreds of UPDF soldiers deployed to patrol the roads in south Karamoja following renewed cases of ambushes by suspected Karimojong warriors. The roads include Moroto-Soroti and Moroto - Nakapiripirit in Nakapiripirit, Napak and Moroto districts.
Micheal Ilukol, the in-charge Crime desk Napak district, said that they already have clues as to where the assailants came from. He added that they had contacted their counterparts in Nakapiripirit district to ascertain their settlement village before action can be taken.