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.
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
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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
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
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