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Kotido Leaders Task Security Personnel to Intensify Deployments Along Porous Borders

The leaders say that the area has hundreds of illegal border entry points which are used by the armed cattle rustlers both from Kenya, South Sudan, and within to gain access in and out of the area.
A teenage boy grazing sheep in Kotido Municipality. Photo by Emmy Daniel Ojara

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Kotido District leaders have tasked security personnel to intensify deployments along with the porous border points with Kenya and South Sudan.

The leaders say that the area has hundreds of illegal border entry points which are used by the armed cattle rustlers both from Kenya, South Sudan, and within to gain access in and out of the area.

They also argue that the porous borders are hampering the security`s efforts to completely rid the Karamoja region of illegal guns through the ongoing disarmament exercise.   

Kotido Municipality Mayor, Peter Abrahams Irar says that the uncontrolled movement between the Nakitongo and Lodwar areas in Kenya and between Kotido, Moroto, Kaabong in Karamoja which all neighbor Kenya and Karenga district are possibly fueling cattle rustling.  

Irar adds that the armed cattle rustlers could also possibly be using the porous borders to gain entries and exits into the neighboring countries to acquire guns but instead they surrender what they previously had to the security as a ploy to clear their names.

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Irar asked the security personnel to enforce the President`s directive to close all porous borders to restrict entries and illegal activities in the area. 

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Christine Akello, the Kotido Municipality Kraal leader says that the insecurity in the area has become very worrying and prompted fears among the people.  

She explained that the raided cattle are sold from the bush along with the porous border points which are trading and fleeing zones for the cattle rustlers to vacate their areas of attacks to the neighboring countries. 

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Moses Achilla, a resident of Karenga Town Council says that the persistent invasion of the cattle rustlers and armed conflicts in the Karamoja region has caused fears among the people.  

However, Brigadier General Stephanie Mugerwa, the UPDF Fifth Division Commander maintains that they have enhanced deployments along the porous borders, he instead called for vigilance and timely reporting of the suspected warriors to the security.  

On Sunday, a Uganda People`s Defense Forces (UPDF) soldier and two cattle rustlers were killed in a fierce clash between cattle rustlers and the army in Kotido district.   

Cattle rustling had drastically reduced in the Karamoja region until the situation started escalating in 2019.   For more than a decade starting in 2001, the Uganda government carried out a massive disarmament exercise in Karamoja.

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