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Suspected Warriors in Kotido Ambush Businessmen, Rob UGX 4 Million

The Kidepo Community Liaisons Officer, Calisto Narucha identified the victims as Michael Lochu and Albino Lopio who work at Napumpum Knitting Traders.

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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 Traders.

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 rights. 

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.  

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