Uganda People’s Defense
Forces, (UPDF) has welcomed a resolution by Abim, Kotido and Moroto District
Security Committees to try cattle thieves using bows and arrows in the military
suspects appeared in civilian courts but North Karamoja has lately resolved to
try them in the military court.
This follows several cattle raids and murders perpetuated
by men armed with bows and arrows mainly across the three districts.
Maj. Peter Mugisa, the
UPDF 3rd Division Spokesperson has welcomed the resolution, saying
they recently apprehended six hard core criminals pending appearance in the
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The suspects were
picked up on Monday from Kalosarich in Kotido near Napak district. They are linked
to recent cattle thefts in Abim and Kaabong districts.
The Abim Resident District Commissioner, Samuel Mpimbaza Hashaka, who has been
pushing for the resolution believes that it will help reduce cattle thefts and
murders and help those who appear before the courts to reforms.
There has been a
debate among security personnel over the years whether bows and arrows can be
declared illegal in Karamoja, where they are often used for crime.