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Captain Abert Arinaitwe, the 3rd Division spokesman, says the operation looks at illegal guns, cattle thefts and careless shooting among other security concerns.
Capt. Abert Arinaitwe, 3rd Divison spokesman.

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At least 30 firearms and 736 rounds of ammunition have been recovered during Operation Restore Hope in Karamoja Sub Region.    

Operation Restore Hope is a follow up program disarmament in Karamoja. 

Captain Abert Arinaitwe, the 3rd Division spokesman, says the operation looks at illegal guns, cattle thefts and careless shooting among other security concerns. 

Releasing the progress report of the operation for the last four months in 2019, Capt. Arinaitwe revealed that a total of 3,441 stolen cattle were recovered and handed over to their owners. 

   

He notes that 205 people were arrested and arraigned in court while others were killed in gunfire exchange with the military.

Although he declined to share the exact number of people killed in the operation, Arinaitwe revealed that four warriors were put out of action a fortnight ago.  

 

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Captain Abert observed that the operation has seen several cattle stolen from Kapelebyong and Agago districts recovered and returned to their owners. 

He explains that some of the operations were conducted by the helicopter that was used for trailing cattle thieves and stolen animals. 

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There has been renewed cattle thefts in Kaabong and Kotido since the beginning of May.  

This prompted an appeal from the Kaabong leadership to President Museveni to intervene in the matter. 

Kaabong leaders accuse their neighbors, the Turkana of stealing cattle and shooting herdsmen.  

Rex Achilla, the Kaabong Resident District Commissioner, says the situation is getting terrible.