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.
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.
Police have identified the deceased as Polycarp Lokeris and Lotyang John Bosco Lokurukan, both residents of Komuria in Kaabong district. Polycarp Lokeris was a graduate of engineering from Kyambogo university having completed his bachelor's course from in 2019.
Lokwang has asked the UPDF to increase their presence along the Uganda- Kenya border especially at Kamion and Timu, where there is limited military presence coupled with a scarce population in the area.
This is the first incident of this kind to happened in Kaabong district, according to residents but instances of LDUs being involved in criminal acts have lately been recorded in Karamoja including their involvement in cattle raids.
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.
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.
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.
According Jimmy Ojok, the probation officer of Kaabong, cases of defilement brought against the local persons in the district are handled expeditiously compared to those against uniformed men and teachers. Ojok cites instances where four police officers, an LDU and two teachers have never been brought to book after defiling school going children.
A Uganda Peopleâ€™s Defence Forces (UPDF) soldier has shot dead a civilian in Kaabong district under unclear circumstances. The incident happened in Kaabong town council along Warrior Street, some 182 kilometres North West of Moroto town.