In the letters, four-morning show presenters were issued with warnings over what the warriors described as continuous discussions on the security situation in Karamoja. Those warned include Timothy Eodu, Catherine Alany of Akica FM and Fiona Nambuya and Innocent Kodet of Ateker FM.
Moroto-based radio journalists are panicking after
unknown warriors threatened their lives. The threats were issued through letters that were dropped at Akica and Ateker Radio Stations in Moroto district early this week.
In the letters, four-morning show presenters were issued
with warnings over what the warriors described as continuous discussions
on the security situation in Karamoja. Those warned include Timothy Eodu,
Catherine Alany of Akica FM and Fiona Nambuya and Innocent Kodet of Ateker FM.
According to Timothy Eodu, one of the targeted presenters, the
letters are asking them to stop disseminating information relating to cattle raids
and killings in the region. He notes that the authors, in the letter
claim that it is the publicity by radio stations in the region that is drawing government
attention as well as the heavy deployment of security heads to the region.
The letters that are now being scrutinised by security teams in Moroto warn that the journalists risk their lives if they continue with such
publicity. Eodu notes that the letters seem to be
written by an organized group of people.
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However, Munirah Suwed, the News Editor at Ateker FM in Moroto district says
that whereas the warriors are turning their guns on the journalists, they are
not shying away from reporting about issues of insecurity in the region. But, she explains that the situation has forced them to adjust their programming especially
for the early morning team and late-night programs.
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Mike Longole, the Mt. Moroto Regional Police Spokesman says
they are investigating the matter and beefing up security in areas where
journalists operate. Longole, like all the journalists who spoke with our
reporter, observe that the threats seem to be orchestrated by both elites and the
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Since January this year, at least 52 people have been killed
by armed warriors in Karamoja. However, on Monday, residents of Moroto woke up
to the mysterious death of three people in different parts of the district. The
deaths were reported in Namijimij Village in Nadunget sub-county, Nakapelimen
in South Division and another in Rupa sub-county. Although the death in Rupa was attributed to rifles, the others are
yet to be disclosed.