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Growing Insecurity Bothers Rupa Residents :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Growing Insecurity Bothers Rupa Residents

The community has seen a spate of attacks by suspected Karamojong warriors believed to have come from areas surrounding Mt Moroto. The armed warriors have laid ambushes, abducted people, and stolen livestock in recent weeks, stirring panic among residents. The armed warriors have resorted to abducting people, laying road ambushes, and stealing livestock.
Maj Gen Don Nabasa meeting with the community for peace dialogues.

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Residents of Rupa Sub County in Moroto district are bothered by the increasing insecurity in their area.

The community has seen a spate of attacks by suspected Karamojong warriors believed to have come from areas surrounding Mt Moroto. The armed warriors have laid ambushes, abducted people, and stolen livestock in recent weeks, stirring panic among residents.

John Moru, a resident of Rupa Trading Centre says that many of them live in panic because the warriors are roving freely with their guns, despite ongoing security operations. He says that they are no longer looking for livestock but anything that they come across.

Mary Aleper, another resident noted that some individuals in the community are collaborating with the warriors to carry out attacks and robberies. Aleper said that many of them could no longer go to the gardens for fear of being abducted and killed, and called for increased deployment in the area.

Simon Osege, a boda-boda rider narrated how his colleague was stopped by about 14 warriors who were armed with guns, bows and arrows before undressing and taking away his possessions.

Emmanuel Lokii, the LCV councillor representing Rupa Sub County, said the security requires an urgent intervention. He observed that the warriors were hiding in the mountainous areas where they could hardly be tracked by security forces.

Lokii said that the villages of Naput, Nakiloro, Musupo, Kakingol, and some parts of Lotisan Sub County are most affected. He added that the footmarks of some of the livestock that were raided have been tracked to the Tepeth side.

He appealed to the security forces to collaborate with the local leaders to identify the hot spot areas for deployment and operations.

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However, George William Wopuwa, the Moroto Resident District Commissioner has assured the community that security measures have been put in place to deal with the warriors. The measures include enhanced deployment along the major roads.

He appealed to the community members to always report in time to the security forces in case of any attack and also expose those who are destabilizing peace.