Suspected Karimojong Warriors Kill One in Moroto Municipality

Benson Lokiru one of the eyewitness, says that the armed warriors numbering five were planning to raid animals in one of the homes in the Municipality.
11 Apr 2021 10:23

One person has been killed by suspected Karimojong rustlers in Moroto Municipality. The Saturday incident took place at 11 pm in Kakolye village in Moroto Municipality.

Benson Lokiru one of the eyewitness, says that the five armed warriors were planning to raid animals in one of the homes in the Municipality.

According to Lokiru, when the owner of the animals Charles Ofwono tried to chase the warriors, he was shot and died instantly. He adds that the warriors fled without taking any cattle.

Jeremy Lokwang another resident appealed to the army and police to intensify patrols and deployments in the municipality.

Major Peter Mugisa the UPDF 3rd division Spokesperson confirmed the incident. He said that they are tracking the suspected warriors.

"It is an unfortunate incident and we call upon the district leaders, local leaders and the community to work with the security to get the Killers. "We have to get them and get those guns and they face the law, “he said.

In February, the Bishop North Karamoja Diocese has asked the government to address the persistent acts of insecurity in the Karamoja region.

Rev James Nasak said that addressing the insecurity in the area would give room to the government and other stakeholders to be able to deal with it accordingly.

According to Bishop Nasak much as the government is removing guns from the Karimojong, a section of the Karimojong are acquiring arms which need to be investigated.

The Police in the region is also currently investigating a gang that could have masterminded killings in which 20 lives have been lost over the last six weeks. The deaths were recorded in Moroto District and parts of Napak between December to February 5, 2021.

The gangsters are breaking into homes, beating people and killing others.

In March, there was a clash between Jie cattle rustlers from Kotido district and UPDF soldiers at Kobebe, Moroto district. 

The Jie cattle rustlers of Kotido had crossed to rustle animals in the busy Kobebe grazing area. One UPDF soldier was injured in the one and half hour gun battle.