Kumakech noted that a number of organizations, individuals and investors donated food to the task-force and it was distributed to benefit some communities across the district. Among investors that have donated food to Moroto include, Sunbelt, Tororo Cement, Pastor Samuel Kakande, Hon. Fred Angela, Full Gospel Church under Compassion International among others.
Tension was already high by Monday evening when official communication came in indicating that the team would be meeting Moroto District Officials today. By 12:30pm, Moroto Chamber Hall, the venue for the meeting was almost empty as officers scattered to make consultations in small groups of three to five people.
Moroto has been under livestock quarantine since January this year, following an outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease. But this week, a number of herdsmen brought cattle to the market, claiming that they had secured permission from area leaders to sell off the livestock despite the quarantine.
The two communities have been fighting over the administrative boundary since 2002 when mining activities commenced in Moroto. The contested areas include Rata village which is a base for DAO Marble Limited and Musupo and Nakiloro parishes which have vast mineral deposits especially marble, limestone and gold.
The road measuring 37 kilometers from Moroto town is full of pot-holes and in poor state. Since 2009, Lokitanyala road has been appearing on the list of roads earmarked for upgrading from gravel surface to class II bitumen surface, with shoulders, drainage channels, and culverts. In 2016, president Museveni announced that Lokitanyala road had been included in the Soroti- Moroto road construction.
Lotee revealed that the FGM practice was borrowed by the Tepeth through intermarriages with Pokot of Uganda and Kenya. He wants the revival of the Tepeth language and strengthening of elders associations to help guide the young generati
Hundreds of artisanal miners at Lolung small scale mines in Rupa Sub County, Moroto district, go for months without bathing or washing clothes due to water shortage. Mariko Munyes, now acting as the village chairperson, says they buy water from boda-boda cyclists who sell a 20-litre-jerrycan at between 2000 and 4000 shillings. Munyes notes that the cyclists ride more than 20 kilometres to access water for the mining community.