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
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
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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
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
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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Human rights abuses and denied access to land by security and government agencies has been the major aftermath of the contest over the lands. The underprivileged such as women, children and the elderly faced challenges in accessing soc