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Karamoja MPs Want Parliament Intervention to Curb Increased Cattle Rustling

According to Police records, 150 people have been killed by the warriors and 73 cattle rustlers killed by government forces since November 2020 when raids resumed. 13, 000 heads of cattle were reportedly stolen and 9,000 recovered.
A karimojong child driving their animals to graze in Kotido district, the cattle rusttling has parralyzed the entire region

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Members of Parliament from the Karamoja region have asked the parliament’s committee on Defence and Internal Affairs to intervene in the increasing cattle rustling that continues to claim people’s lives and livelihood.

 On Tuesday, the MPs led by Achia Remigio the Pian County MP told the MPs that soldiers from the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) who were deployed in the area are not well equipped to handle the rustlers. 

 Remigio said that parliament needs to treat the matter as an issue of urgency so that n effective strategy is implemented to fight the vice and bring total peace in the area.

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He added that the legislators from the region have in the past met President Yoweri Museveni, First Lady Janet Museveni, Vice President, Defence officials and others but nothing has changed.

He said that the people in Karamoja need to feel and know that government cares about them by curbing the insecurity.

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Sylvia Vicky Awas, the Nabilatuk Woman MP asked that the government and that of Kenya jointly discuss the matter of cattle rustling and come up with a solution to the insecurity.

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Francis Adome, the Moroto Municipality MP said that there is a need for parliament to intervene so that the people of Karamoja get a sense of belonging to Uganda.

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The Committee Chairperson, Rosemary Nyakikongoro said that her committee is to interact with the different authorities regarding the issue.

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The Sheema Woman MP wondered why the local leaders and the people are required to fuel security trucks that are meant to ensure that no cattle raids take place yet funds are appropriated by Parliament for this purpose.  

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The Karamojong are the largest group of herdsmen in Northern Uganda and are known for rustling cattle amongst themselves and sometimes from the neighbouring districts.

Early this month, 1,500 police officers were deployed in the Karamoja region as a boost to the security in the region aimed at cracking down on armed warriors and cattle rustling.

The deployment came as police and UPDF are carrying out a disarmament exercise in the region. There are about 500 illegal guns in the region which the joint forces are targeting to remove by February next year.

According to Police records, 150 people have been killed by the warriors and 73 cattle rustlers killed by government forces since November 2020 when raids resumed. 13, 000 heads of cattle were reportedly stolen and 9,000 recovered.

The security forces in the region are currently sensitizing communities in Karamoja to voluntarily hand over guns and embrace government programs meant for poverty alleviation.

  Since July, the joint forces have also recovered 120 guns with 1,200 live ammunition.

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