Suspected warriors have ambushed two businessmen and robbed them
of 4 Million Shillings.
The victims were waylaid on Thursday at Lonyangataruk in
Panyangangara Sub County as they were riding on a motorcycle heading to Kotido.
The incident happened at around 2:00 pm on the Moroto-Kotido Road about 18
kilometres to Kotido town.
An eye witness, Angello Lowari, the District Education Officer of
Kotido says the businessmen were from a market and heading to Kotido when they
were ambushed near Toror Hills.
He says the warriors led their victims into the bush, undressed
them and stole money and other valuables.
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The Kidepo Community Liaisons Officer, Calisto Narucha identified the
victims as Michael Lochu and Albino Lopio who work at Napumpum Knitting
The ambush comes just a day after another motorist was shot on
Wednesday around Hotel Africana in Moroto Municipality by unknown gunmen.
Ambrose Onoria, the Resident District Commissioner Kotido regrets
the incidents adding that the security personnel is investigating the matter.
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This is the fifth ambush laid by suspected warriors in Kotido,
Moroto and Kaabong districts underscoring the insecurity in the region, despite
an ongoing disarmament exercise.
Leaders have often asked the UPDF to use high handed measures in
dealing with the warriors but the top army leadership is keen on human
The Third Division Commander Joseph Balikudembe however recently
said the UPDF would make cattle rustling ‘a very risky venture’ for criminals,
who are now raiding for commercial gain.