The killed warrior was part of a group of Jie cattle rustlers from Kotido who had crossed to raid animals in Kobebe grazing area in Moroto district on Monday.
Turkana and Karimojong pastoralists over see the watering of animals in Kobebe dam in Moroto on Sunday before they were attacked on Monday.
Business was paralysed in Rupa Sub County, Moroto district as Uganda People’s
Defence Force (UPDF) soldiers battled suspected cattle rustlers. The one and
half hour gun battle led to the death of one warrior and recovery of 214 herds of
cattle and four donkeys.
The killed warrior was part of a group of Jie cattle rustlers from Kotido who
had crossed to raid animals in Kobebe grazing area in Moroto district on Monday. One UPDF soldier was also left injured in the gun battle.
Major Peter Mugisa the UPDF 3rd Division Spokesperson says that the
warrior was gunned down at Toro hills, where they had planned to hide the stolen cows.
"Our troops surrounded the hill where they had hidden the
animals, so they engaged our soldiers and one of them was put out of action and
two others were captured alive," he said.
According to Mugisa, two warriors who were captured are providing credible information to security personnel that could lead to the arrest of ring leaders of the raid. He adds that all the raided animals
will be handed back to the owners.
Meanwhile, the Chairpersons of the village peace committees in
Karamoja region have demanded the government to do conduct a disarmament exercise.
The peace committee leaders made the call on Monday in Nakiloro
grazing area in Rupa at the review of security gaps which is breeding
insecurity again in Karamoja.
The call for fresh disarmament in Karamoja follows the current daily inter-district
cattle raids between Matheniko of Moroto, Jie of Kotido, Dodoth of Kaabong,
Bokora of Napak and Pokots of Amudat to Pian of Nakapiripirit and Nabilatuk districts.
In 2002, the government launched the first phase of disarmament exercise
comprised voluntary disarmament in Karamoja, however, it didn’t yield good
results since the armed Karimojong refused to give out the guns and became more
aggressive to the army because they were being supported by some few leaders in
The cattle thefts have since intensified with the warriors
clashing with UPDF soldiers on daily basis.
Simon Losike, a chairman peace committee in Rupa Sub County said the
resuming cattle rustling was an indication that there was rearmament going on
in the hands of the Karimojong.
“We call upon the government to launch another serious phase of disarmament in
Karamoja because we have realized that most people in Karamoja have again
acquired guns,” he said.
Lokong another peace leader for Achere village in Nadunget Sub County in Moroto
district said the government has been ignoring the reports made by the
peace committee chairpersons adding that the cattle rustling would have not
"We have been on several occasion making reports to the district
chairpersons and the UPDF alerting them about the security situation in
Karamoja before these warriors resumed raiding but the people in government
ignored our reports," he said.