Mathew Lokol one of the reformed warriors and a resident of Kidepo in Rupa sub county said he has so far survived being killed by armed rustlers four times at his home.
Karimojong ex-rustlers who voluntarily handed over their guns to the army and received certificates from the forces have abandoned their homes fearing to be attacked
by the still armed rustlers who are accusing them for surrendering the guns to the army.
Peter Apuun, one of those who handed over his gun to army last
month, has left his home after receiving intelligence of plans to attack him by his former colleagues who are still armed, accusing him of handing over his gun to the
Mr. Apuun who’s now staying with friends in Moroto town
after abandoning his home in Rengen sub county in Kotido told URN that they had thought handing over their guns as requested by government would guarantee their
security but its opposite.
“Our lives are at
risk, all those who handed over guns voluntarily to the army and police are not
safe because our colleagues think we have betrayed them and that it is us
revealing intelligence about them to the army,” he said.
Mathew Lokol another reformed warrior and a resident of
Kidepo in Rupa sub county said he has so far survived being killed by armed rustlers
four times at his home.
“Last week I went to Moroto town so as I was on my way back
home, around our trading center kidepo I met one of those still hiding guns who came and told me how they had laid a plan to kill me and he advised me not to
be at home by 10 pm," he said. "They went at my home and they got no body as my wife also slept
at the neighbor’s home but they were able to see all of them, armed, standing at
my home. We are not safe.”
Joseph Kolibi another reformed warriors regretted why they
handed over their guns and now have to keep running away from their families yet the
intended purpose of handing over the guns was to get peace with their families.
“If I had known that handing over the gun to the army would mean not to stay with my family, I would have kept my gun without using it because I have regretted
a lot all the time I sneak to my home as if am a rebel,” he said.
However, Michael Longole, the Karamoja regional police
spokesperson said the time for the rustlers to continue hiding guns is running out.
“By the 17th of October this year, we will have gone on forceful disarmament exercise where those who are hiding guns
and intimidating others who have handed over their guns will regret,” he said.
According to Mr.
Longole, the joint force of police and army carrying out the second phase of
disarmament in Karamoja had given the Karimojong rustlers a three-month period to
hand over guns and the three-month period will end on 17th of this
month, when the forces will move to effect forceful disarmament.