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Heavy Rains Hamper Military Operations In Karamoja

Persistent heavy rains in Karamoja region have hampered the military operations against the Karamojong cattle raiders and gun trafficking in the region.
 Persistent heavy rains in Karamoja region have hampered the military operations against the Karamojong cattle raiders and gun trafficking in the region.

 

Lt. Col. Ceaser Olweny, the 5th division army spokesman says operations in areas such as Kotido, Abim and Kaabong districts have been worsened by the torrential rains, which have cut off the roads in the area.

 

He cites Abim district, which he says, is almost cut off from Kotido because of the bad roads. He also says accessing Kaabong district from Kotido is almost becoming impossible because of the road.

 

He says the Uganda People’s Defence Forces are finding difficulties implementing the cordon and search operations because of the poor accessibility to these areas.

 

Olweny says some of the Karimojong warriors are also taking advantage of the rain to raid cattle and traffic guns. He says they have received intelligence reports that the criminals conduct their business when it is raining.

 

Olweny says most warriors have now abandoned their homes commonly known as manyatas and are now living in the bush especially in the areas of Morongole hills in Kaabong district, which is very difficult to access by road.

 

He says because of the heavy rains and bad road network, the UPDF can hardly recover a single gun in a day unlike in the past, where they would recover up to 20 illegal guns daily.

 

Olweny, who describes the security situation in Karamoja as better compared to the past, says they have resorted to deploying heavily along highways to scale down ambushes by the warriors.

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