KARAMOJA: Muhoozi Demands Justice for Slain UPDF Soldiers as Turkana Killer Guns are Recovered 

Land Forces Commander, Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba has demanded justice for UPDF soldiers killed by Turkana warriors.

Muhoozi on Thursday received two guns which were taken from two soldiers who were murdered in cold blood in March 2022.

The soldiers were escorting geologists who had gone to pick soil samples from Lokisilei village in Lotisan Sub County in Moroto District when they were attacked by a group of violent Turkana warriors.

The killers later fled Uganda back to North Western Kenya where they remain in hiding.

“I thank our brothers, the Kenyan Police and some Turkana elders for quickly tracking the guns down and returning them to us,” said Muhoozi at the 3rd Division headquarters in Moroto, north eastern Uganda.

“However, we still demand the culprits who killed our soldiers to be handed over to us to face justice,” said Muhoozi.

The UPDF general has been camping in the area to address the insecurity in Karamoja. 

UPDF and Kenya Defence Forces yesterday agreed to establish a joint military force to counter the emerging security threats such as cattle rustling in Karamoja sub region, proliferation of fire arms and terrorism.

In recent months, cattle rustlers, especially the Pokot and Matheniko from Kenya have intensified violent attacks in the Northern districts of Moroto, Nakapiripirit, Napak , Kapelabyong, Kabong and Abim, killing people and looting their animals.

Hundreds have been forced to flee their villages.

The UPDF has killed hundreds of Karamojong warriors since the launch of military operation Usalama Kwa Wote in the north eastern part of Uganda in July 2021. 

UPDF spokesperson Brig Felix Kulayigye recently said the armed forces have so far recovered 184 guns, 2,352 rounds of ammunition, and 17,186 livestock from the warriors.

“Since the start of the operation, we have arrested 1,792 warriors of which 360 were prosecuted,” said Kulayigye. 

Karamoja had realised a decade of peace after the army disarmed gun-wielding rustlers in the early 2000s.

But the last two years have seen increased activities by armed rustlers, killing hundreds of people and stealing the cattle which are the source of their livelihoods. 

Insecurity in Karamoja started in 1979 after the collapse of Idi Amin’s regime.

Amin’s soldiers abandoned the heavily fortified barracks in Moroto, leaving its unguarded cache of weapons to spill across the region. Violence reached unprecedented levels.

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