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ISO staff in Moroto shot by suspected cattle rustlers

Moroto, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | An informant attached to the Internal Security Organisation-ISO in Moroto district is fighting for his life at Moroto regional referral hospital after being shot by suspected cattle rustlers. The victim is Mark Longok Louse, a resident of Kambizi village, Nacogorom parish in Loputuk sub-county, Moroto district.

Micheal Longole, the Karamoja Regional Police Spokesperson says that rustlers shot Longok at his home on Monday night before fleeing to an unknown location. “He was rushed to Moroto Regional Referral Hospital for treatment and a case of attempted murder has been opened at CPS Moroto vide SD REF 06/13/06/2022,” he said.

According to Longole, the Moroto District Police Commander and a host of other security officers visited the scene of crime where they recovered two cartridges. He says a police canine introduced to the scene led the security team to Kanakomol village, Loputuk sub-county in a bar belonging to Emmanuel Losike.

He was arrested together with his wife Lilian Natama to help in investigations. This is the second attack on a security officer in less than three days. Last week, suspected rustlers gunned down the Gombolola Internal Security Officer-GISO of Lokopo sub-county at his home. On Sunday, suspected rustlers shot a boda boda rider just 3 kilometers away from the Presidential State Lodge in Moulinga in Napak district, where President Yoweri Museveni was meeting local leaders to forge a way forward to ending insecurity in the region.

Moses Lokiru, a resident of Nakamsitae village in Nadunget sub-county, says that the security forces created a gap for the rustlers to resume raids. “This insecurity started slowly and the government didn’t act immediately and are now acting when it’s too late,” he said. Stella Nakiru, a resident of camp Swahili Chini in Moroto municipality, says that the remaining few criminal elements have turned out to be more dangerous than when they used to be many.

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