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1 Killed As UPDF, Turkana Gunmen Clash

The Ugandan army shot and killed one suspected Kenyan Turkana warrior on Wednesday afternoon in Moroto district, in a fire exchange that reportedly spilled over the border into Kenya.
The Ugandan army shot and killed one suspected Kenyan Turkana warrior on Wednesday afternoon in Moroto district, in a fire exchange that reportedly spilled over the border into Kenya.

The incident happened some 32 kilometres North East of Moroto town along the poorly defined porous Uganda-Kenya border.

Turkana clan chiefs in an interview with Uganda Radio Network complained of unnecessary victimization by the Uganda People’s defense Forces (UPDF) whose soldiers are now patrolling the Uganda-Kenya border.

Apalo Lopochongole, who spoke on behalf of the elders, said the UPDF was turning out to be indisciplined after years of pleasant relations. He explains that of recent they had resorted to spot checking the traders, harassing travellers and sometimes confiscating their valuables. He wonders as to why the army has been deployed to carry out patrols along the unmarked border. He appeals to the UPDF leadership to caution the soldiers adding that most people are now scared of entering Uganda.

But Lt. Jimmy Omara, the UPDF 3rd Division spokesperson, says it was wrong for the Turkana warriors to enter Uganda carrying guns. He explains that the UPDF soldiers came face to face with four armed warriors including two others four kilometres inside Uganda. Omara explains that after the warriors sighted the soldiers they decided to fire at them. He adds that the UPDF answered back with massive fire before the warriors scattered in disarray towards the border. He notes that one was shot dead and one sub machine gun recovered with one bullet. He emphasizes that the army charged with protecting international border will not allow armed people to access Uganda’s territory.

Nahaman Ojwee, the Resident District Commissioner Moroto, says the matter is being handled without giving details.

Okot Obwona, the Regional Police Commander Mt. Moroto area, says investigations into the matter are ongoing. 

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