Army Steps Up Patrols to Deter Rustlers into Sebei Region

So far suspected heavily armed Pian warriors have attacked Kween district in this month killing a Sabiny elder and stealing over 40 animals.
The Uganda People's Defence Force (UPDF) has stepped up foot patrols along Nakapiripirit-Kween district border line to prevent Karimojong rustlers from stealing cattle in the Sebei region.


So far suspected armed Pian Warriors have attacked Kween district twice in this month killing a Sabiny elder and stealing over 40 animals.


Capt. Deo Akiiki, UPDF 3rd Division Spokesperson, says that they have deployed several fighting patrols to check the escalating cattle theft. He explains that without the patrols as a measure the peace in Kween district will be destabilized.


He says as some of the soldiers comb bushes, others will keep patrol the Nakapiripirit-Sironko road for to check for any incursions by the raiders. He adds that a battalion has been deployed in the area to concentrate on recovery of animals and clamp down on the errant rustlers.


Akiiki says over the past months, rustlers had managed to enter Kween district to rustle animals but this will stop. He cites the recent incident early this week where the army exchanged gunfire with rustlers after an attack on Katilan village, Sundeti Parish in Ngenge Sub County. He identifies Lotilang Loduk, as rustler who died in the clash and his rifle recovered.


Okot Obwona, the Regional Police Commander Mt. Moroto area, says security has been strengthened and soon incursions into Kween district will be history. He also warns the communities against the use of military uniforms noting that whoever will be arrested will face the law.


Meanwhile, the army has netted three suspected Pian raiders dressed in military uniforms in Nakapiripirit district. The trio is being held at the 407 Brigade Headquarters pending court appearance.