Moses Moru a resident of Nalem told URN that the warriors were more than 100, armed with both guns and arrows.
“Some of the soldiers deployed to guard the protect Kraal also were running following us the civilians who had no guns and that was terrible,” said Joice Nakiru, another resident.
Heavily armed police and military forces are tracking a
big gang of Karimojong Jie cattle rustlers who attacked and overrun the UPDF
and Anti stock theft Unit personnel killing one juvenile and injured one other person, before
taking off with 100 head of livestock in Moroto district.
The deadly attack on the protect kraal that started at 0900 hours on Friday 2nd of April at Nalem Upal village in Nadunget parish, Moroto
district is believed to be the heaviest
attack on an army protected kraal by Jie of Kotido cattle rustlers.
Moses Moru a resident of Nalem told URN that the warriors
were more than 100 armed both guns and bow and arrows.
“This is the deadliest attack so far that I have seen since
Karamoja become peaceful ten years back,” he said.
Joice Nakiru another resident said the soldiers who were
deployed to protect the Kraal remained helpless after seing the big number of
“Some of the soldiers deployed to guard the protect Kraal
also were running following us the civilians who had no guns and that was terrible,” said Joice Nakiru.
According to Ms Nakiru the child that was shot dead was trying
to make an alarm from the kraal.
Mr. Romano Keem the father of the deceased wondered why government
is still not seriously addressing the security situation in Karamoja.
“ If I had my own gun, I would have saved the life of my
child with some of the animals and I think it is time for government to give us
back our guns so that we protect ourselves since they have failed to protect
the people and their property, the tearful Romano told URN.
Major Peter Mugisa, the UPDF 3rd division
spokesperson could not be reached for a comment since he did not answer our
However Mr. Michael Longole the Karamoja Police spokesperson
confirmed the incident saying the joint forces are following the attackers.
He identified the child who was shot dead as Mark Dengel aged 7 years
and the injured as Ms Alice Lorot, a 50 year old woman who was shot on the right arm and is currently
admitted at Moroto Regional Referral Hospital.
According to Mr. Longole, the situation was under control
adding that the army and police will get the culprits to face the law.
“Our joint forces are
nearly where the animals have entered and the culprits will be got and face the
law,” he said.End