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One Shot As Suspected Karimojong Armed Men Invade Agago District

David Oyo Odwor was reportedly shot on the left thigh at about 9 am on Tuesday from his home in Kaciciro trading centre in Kaciciro village, Omiya Pacwha sub-county, Agago District.
A 26-year-old man is nursing gunshot injuries after reportedly being shot by suspected armed Karimojong warriors.

David Oyo Odwor was reportedly shot on the left thigh at about 9 am on Tuesday from his home in Kaciciro trading centre in Kaciciro village, Omiya Pacwha sub-county, Agago District.

Raymond Otim, Omiya Pachwa Sub-County Chairperson says that the victim was shot while seated in his compound when the armed men struck the village.

Otim says close to five armed men suspected to have crossed from the neighbouring Kotido district looted five cattle from a nearby kraal after shooting Odwor.

He notes that Odwor was rushed to Dr Ambrosoli Memorial Hospital Kalongo where he is still receiving medical treatment but is now in a stable condition. A case of injuring by shooting/ cattle raiding has been registered at Omiya Pachwa Police Post ref 06/31/03/2021.

 Uganda Radio Network established that a heated gunfire exchange later ensued at about 1 am Wednesday in Kaciciro village as another group of 20 armed suspected Karimojong warriors raided a kraal and looted 23 cattle.

It's reported that security personnel comprised of Anti-Theft Stock Unit-ASTU and Uganda People’s Defence Forces-UPDF soldiers engaged the armed Karimojong thugs in pursuit after being tipped of their incursion.

Jimmy Patrick Okema, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson noted that security personnel pursued the armed men and recovered a total of 28 cattle that had already been looted and being driven away from the district.

Okema says security personnel estimates close to 25 Karimojong warriors invaded Kaciciro village on the fateful night on a mission to loot cattle but were repulsed. He noted that all the recovered animals have been identified by their owners and returned adding that security is on high alert and have made a deployment to contain further incursions.

The Sub-County Chairperson however says his area has become a hot spot recently adding that the Karimojong warriors have been invading almost daily.

Otim says more than 60 animals looted in March alone by the armed men haven’t been recovered, a move he says has left locals in panic. He called on for more deployment of soldiers to avert what he describes could escalate into the resurgence of cattle rustling by an organized Karimojong armed men in the region.

Brig William Bainomugisha, the fifth Infantry Division Commander says the army is making strides in containing the frequent incursion of armed Karimojong warriors through the establishment of another detach to add onto Morolem army detach in Omiya Pachwa.

He however says the long term plan in ensuring the region is stable is the need to open a security access road between Agago and the neighbouring districts of Abim and Kotido to simplify access by security personnel.

Last year, security personnel from within Acholi and Karamoja region proposed opening of 53 kilometres road from Labwor-dwong in Agago district through Longo dam to Kacheri in Kotido district and Tikao-Lubalangit road from Orom sub-county in Kitgum district to Karenga district.

“Security access roads will simplify our forces to be able to contain the incursion. Along that area, there is no access road, the Karimojong can drive the animals easily either towards Agago, Abim or Kotido districts,” Brig Bainomugisha said.

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