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Joint security forces kill 20 cattle rustlers in one week

FILE PHOTO: Karamoja is awash with guns among herdsmen

Moroto, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The joint security forces comprising the army and police killed twenty Karamojong cattle rustlers during their disarmament operations in the region last week.

Micheal Longole, the Karamoja regional police spokesperson told URN in an interview on Monday that the rustlers were gunned down in gunfire exchanges with the security forces while trying to stop them from cattle raids across the region.

“From 20th to 27th this month, a total of 20 cattle rustlers were put out of action and four guns recovered from them,” he said. He explains that the grace period that the security forces gave the rustlers to surrender their firearms elapsed, adding that the forces have now escalated their efforts to collect illegal firearms in Karamoja using all possible means available.

“We gave these warriors ample time to hand over their guns voluntarily but they paid deaf ears and continued killing people so we have taken tough steps against them,” he said. This comes a few days after the rustlers gunned down three geologists and their two UPDF escorts in Lokisilei village, Lotisan sub-county in Moroto district.

URN has learnt that since that incident, the forces on the ground have become more aggressive toward the armed rustlers. Moses Dengel, a peace activist and resident of Rupa sub county says that the forces need to go slow, adding that they will end up killing the entire Karamoja.

“What I would request our forces is to focus on more sensitisation, use the elders and local artists and women, they will do better in recovering these guns,” he said. Grace Tebanyang, a resident of Loputuk village in Loputuk sub-county in the Moroto district, says that the best way to end gun violence in Karamoja is for the government to deploy heavily around the borders.

“These guns are got from Kenya and South Sudan and to make things worse is that these rustlers just cross freely and get guns from these neighbouring countries,” she said.



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  1. These so called cattle rustlers are human beings like us andso the government should find a better way of rehabilitating especially after disarming them in whatsoever way for peace to gradually return in the sub region.

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