Moses Amuya, the acting UPDF 3rd Division spokesperson, says that the officer in charge of Rengen Army Detach retrieved the gun and two pieces of ammunition from the nearby bush where Mzee Komol's son had placed it.
Brig Gen Joseph Balikudembe, the UPDF 3rd infantry division commander says the leaders have been calling for a full scale disarmament to arrest the armed cattle rustlers, but when security started launching the exercise, the same leaders turned against the operations.
John Lowal, a resident of Kangole, says that their cattle are only secure in the protected kraals and the community is scared of releasing oxen for ploughing for fear of falling victims to rustlers. Lowal says that the raiders have a tendency of ambushing communities while they are in their gardens and take away their animals.
"The deceased has never had any criminal record in my village, he has been a hardworking man who depended on cultivation to educate his children, he has never been involved in any criminal offence, I can't believe he can be tagged to such a crime," the chairman said.
Micheal Longole, the Mt. Moroto Region Police Spokesperson, says that they picked up the suspects in tactical operations in Matany trading center. He identifies the suspects as Moses Lokol and Micheal Lomonyang, both residents of Kayapas village in Lokopo sub-county, Napak district.
John Paul Kodet, the Napak district LC V Chairperson, says that while there are plans to protect Teso, the government should consider protecting Napak residents as well because they are unarmed and victims of cattle raids.
Isaac Oware, the UPDF 3rd division spokesperson confirmed to URN that the police in Kenya helped them to recover the weapons that were abandoned by the Turkana warriors. Oware added that they are collaborating with Kenyan police to hunt for the attackers and to have them brought to book.
Maj Isaac Oware, the UPDF 3rd division spokesperson, says that they picked up the suspects on March 30, 2022, during their operation around the border areas. He says that the suspects are in custody at the UPDF 3rd division headquarters in Moroto pending further investigations.