He explains that Achuchu had earlier escaped from the UPDF 3rd Division quarter guard with other 20 rustlers still at large in 2009.
A notorious rustler suspected of masterminding raids and the recent ambushes in Napak and Moroto districts has been nabbed by a joint force of the police and army. During his arrest a gun loaded with at least one bullet was also recovered.
Police identified the suspect only as Achuchu.
Richard Anyama, the District Police Commander Moroto, says the suspect was captured in his hideout in Atedeoi village, Mogosi parish in Rupa Sub County. He explains that Achuchu had earlier escaped from the UPDF 3rd Division Quarter Guard in 2009 after arrest. It’s alleged that he escaped with other 20 rustlers still at large after breaking cells. He says the residents tipped the security of his presence that led to his arrest.
Anyama adds that Achuchu is the prime suspect behind the escalating raids into Moroto district and isolated cases of fresh ambushes along Moroto-Soroti road. He says the intelligence team is out to establish other facts that surround him after three years of hiding. Further, he says the suspect will be produced in court after investigations are done.
Longok Apalothil, a kraal leader at Lotisan grazing area in Rupa parish, says the arrest was timely adding that the fresh raids were worrying. He says in the last eight weeks over 200 animals have been rustled. He appeals to security forces to hunt for more criminals still hiding in several villages.
Nahaman Ojwee, Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Moroto encourages the residents to report any presence of any person who may destabilize the peace in Karamoja. He adds that security forces will intensify the hunt for criminals in villages and jungles.
For the last one month, South Karamoja has experienced at least four road ambushes along Moroto-Soroti road.
Another fatal ambush was carried out at Acerer village along Moroto – Nakapiripirit road where four UPDF soldiers were shot dead a fortnight ago.