Lokwang has asked the UPDF to increase their presence along the Uganda- Kenya border especially at Kamion and Timu, where there is limited military presence coupled with a scarce population in the area.
Ik County Member of Parliament Hilary Lokwang has asked the Uganda People’s Defense Forces-UPDF to tighten security
along the Uganda-Kenya border.
The calls follow heavy gunfire exchange between security forces and an armed groups near the legislator’s
home in Timu Sub County, Kaabong district on Monday evening. The legislator was attending a funeral at his home during
the time of the attack.
This is the third time that
gunmen believed to be Turkana militia are staging an
attack near the home since March this year, according to Lokwang. He has asked the UPDF to
increase its presence along the Uganda- Kenya border especially at Kamion and
Timu, where there is a limited military presence coupled with a scarce population
in the area.
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According to Lokwang, Karamoja region remains fragile
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Lonio, a resident of Timu Sub County in Kaabong district told URN that the community
is now living in fear since the Monday attack. He said bodaboda riders now
stop work by 4 pm due to security concerns.
Peter Mugisa, the UPDF 3rd Division
Spokesperson, says they are investigating the matter and take appropriate
action. Several local leaders in Karamoja have of recent come under attack
by suspected warriors.
In September, armed men raided cattle from the home of
Michael Wilson Lote, the Moroto District NRM Chairperson. Witnesses said the
warriors raided the kraal at Lote’s residence in Singila in Moroto
Municipality. The animals have never been
In 2019, the Kotido district Chairperson Ambrose Lotukei
also survived an ambush by suspected Turkana warriors at the height of raids. Ik
community borders Kenya from the eastern part of the country. The area is
sparsely populated with heavy thickets and tall trees that have given heaven