Parliament from the Karamoja sub-region have raised concerns about the cycle of
revenge attacks in the region.
The region has experienced continuous waves of cattle raids mainly fueled by
revenge attacks and cattle raiding among the communities of Jie, Bokora, Pian,
Dodoth, and Matheniko.
Christine Tubo Nakwang, the Vice-Chairperson Karamoja Parliamentary Group condemned
the continuous revenge cattle raiding and targeted killing of local leaders
suspected to be conniving with security personnel.
According to Nakwang, the attacks are happening despite an ongoing disarmament
exercise in the region.
Nakwang observed that the system of the alliance is boosting insecurity because the
raiders collaborate with their colleagues from another community to attack
others and the unity gives them energy.
Peter Lokeris, the State Minister for Minerals and MP for Chekwii County in
Nakapiripirit district says the emerging cycle of counterattacks has worsened
and if a solution is not found, attacks will escalate.
Lokeris asked the elders to use their powers in the shrines to curse the youth
who are still terrorizing the communities because several calls to stop raids
have not yielded fruits.
“We have given the youth enough time to come out of the jungle and repent,
unfortunately, they are not willing, so we can’t wait anymore, I request the
elders do something about these wrong elements’’ Lokeris lamented.
Loruk Apaa Namer, an elder in Kaabong district said several security meetings
have been held to seek solutions to insecurity but unfortunately the youth are
not allowed to speak.
it would be wise to hear from the youth and to understand their grounds as to
why they are not willing to embrace peace.
He noted that whenever meetings are organized, it is only elders struggling for
solutions and yet the perpetrators are not involved.
Lochoro, the Chairperson of Kotido Elders council told URN that the only permanent
solution to insecurity is to scrap off the cluster division among Karamojong
Lochoro says the division has greatly contributed to the revenge attacks
engulfed with collaborations among the criminals.
He said the
warriors use phones for collaborating with their colleagues in another district
to raid cows and later they share the money.
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Paul Loreng, a youth and a resident of Karenga District says they have never
engaged in cattle raids but he is surprised why the raiders are including them
in their revenge attacks.
He says that sometimes when the raiders from Kotido cross to Kitgum district
to raid and their mission fails, they attack the people of Karenga because they are
appealed to the Jie and Dodoth to embrace peace so they could get an
opportunity to return to the gardens they abandoned over their attacks.
James Onyanga, the LCIII Chairperson Morulem sub-county in Abim district said
that the youth from Kotido and Kaabong started raids at a slow pace until it
escalated and is now three years down the road no action is being done to avert
Lilly Nabere, the Chairperson Kaabong women’s peace forum attributed the rampant cattle raids to high bride prices which she says the elders should
revise because it is partly contributing to raids since the youth are looking
for animals for bride price.
the MPs across all the nine districts are traversing the region seeking better solutions to end the insecurity in Karamoja.