Before colonial times, the Karamojong had a system of regulating community rules led by the Council of Elders at the Akiriket. However, the powers of the traditional systems for regulating conflicts declined after the colonialists created a new structure of leadership that sidelined the elders.
Dr Doreen Kobusingye, the co-principal investigator at LEMU says that it is never too late to organize the communities and empower them with legal approaches to protecting their land and avert those who seek to exploit people and their environment.
John Bosco Akore, the secretary for Kotido Elders Council, says that the elders have eliminated all the bad cultures that violate the rights of women, and formulated bylaws to protect women against any harm.
Micheal Longole, the Karamoja regional police spokesperson said the deployed forces along the borders will be checking all people who enter and go out of Uganda to Kenya and South Sudan via Karamoja routes.
Major Peter Mugisa, the UPDF 3rd Division spokesperson told URN on Sunday the weapons were recovered in cordon and search operations and sometimes through direct gunfire exchange between the rustlers and UPDF soldiers.