Reports indicate that about four armed warriors entered Lokirus’s kraal and when he came out to find out what was happening, he was shot several times and the warriors fled .
Armed warriors have shot dead the LCI Chairperson of Oyapua
Village, Lokwakial Sub County in Kotido district. Apalotor Lokiru was shot dead
at his home at around 4:00 am this morning by a group of armed warriors in a
Reports indicate that about four-armed warriors entered Lokirus’s
kraal behind the home yard, and when he came out to find out what was
happening, he was shot several times and the warriors fled.
The police who visited the scene say Lokiru was shot while trying
to protect his cattle from being stolen.
This takes the number of people killed by shooting in Kotido
district to six since Sunday. Four were killed in Nakapelimoru while two were shot
dead in Panyangara.
The police in Kotido says the number of people being killed by
shooting is increasing as armed warriors continue cattle raids despite the ongoing
According to the Acting DPC Kotido, Gerald Tumwesigye, the
district has seen more deaths by shooting this week than ever before since the
first phase of disarmament.
The local leaders have condemned the killings and called on the
warriors to cease fire and hand over the guns to the UPDF.
The Kotido LCV Chairperson Paul Komol Lotee says they will continue
pursuing the warriors and ensure that they voluntarily hand over the guns to
get peace to the region.
“These killings against our people by our own are very
unfortunate. I regret it but we hope as disbarment continues to build and
register achievements, we shall get peace,” said Komol.
Meanwhile, the joint forces have managed to recover a total of 50 illegal
firearms across the region since forceful disarmament started.
Forceful disarmament is being led by the UPDF and police while voluntary
disarmament is being led by local and religious leaders with several gun
collection centres in each sub-county.