Meri Jino, the LC V chairperson of Kaabong district attributed the rising cases of malnutrition to the rampant cattle raids that saw the district losing over 55000 head of cattle to rustlers. Jino says this is a huge loss to families because it affects their livelihoods as children can no longer feed on milk as they used to.
According to Meri, there is a new element of commercialization of rustling, where wrongdoers connive to steal cows. He noted in the past, Karamojong used to raid for prestige, but it is currently driven by the desire for money.
The UPDF says that the woman, only identified as Zam Zam, a resident of Kitome Trading Centre in Lodiko Sub County was shot dead by the warriors on suspicion that she was collaborating with security agencies revealing information about people with illegal firearms.
Brigadier Joseph Balikudembe, the 3rd Division Commander urged the women to be part of the pacification efforts. He noted that they would become more vulnerable if their husbands died in raids or forceful disarmament.
Epitu Gadi, the Kaabong District Deputy Resident District Commissioner revealed that the people killed were either investigating the rustlers or those who have reported to the authorities about the raids of their cattle.
Kaabong Resident District Commissioner, John Rex Achilla, says the two raiders were killed in gunfire exchange with UPDF soldiers who intercepted them around Lochom hills, some 4 kilometers to Kaabong town Council.
Bosco Twinomujuni, another miner who hails from Kisoro district URN that they are in dire need of food aid because all their families are starving. He revealed that most of them haven’t been able to afford even a meal a day for the past few days.
They were shot dead during a fight between the security forces and the raiders at a protected kraal in Kakamar Sub county. The incident happened last night at 10:00 pm according to security sources in Kaabong.
Maj. Telesphor Turyamumanya, the 3rd Division Spokesman, says the mission to hunt for Masaaba continued until he was cornered at Lolelia Detach in Kaabong on Tuesday afternoon. He explains that after realizing that he had been rounded by soldiers, Masaaba reportedly started shooting at them, prompting a retaliation that killed him.
Nakwang is hospitalized at Kaabong Hospital in critical condition. Mathew Kubal, the Community Development Officer-CDO in Kakamar Sub County, says the mother had gone to the garden to harvest maize when the elephant attacked.
The latest victim is Puchi Napenyangura, 25, resident of Lopuyo village in Rengen Sub County, Kotido district. Puchi was allegedly killed by Benjamin Lootan at Warrior’s Street in Kaabong Town Council after a quarrel related to cattle thefts.
Thousands of people trekked several kilometres from the new district of Karenga and Ik constituency to Kaabong Secondary School in order to take part in the recruitment conducted by the Uganda Peoples’ Defense Force-UPDF. The recruitment centre had 250 slots allotted to it.
The 3rd Division Brigade Investigations Officer Maj Ephraim Byaruhanga confirms that two civilians were killed and another injured during the attack. He says the UPDF tracked the footmarks to the border with South Sudan.