According to the UPDF, the Karamojong shrines have been misleading the cattle rustlers by giving them false protection from being killed during raids. Gen Peter Elwelu, the deputy commander of Land Forces in the Uganda People's Defense Forces-UPDF, says that the shrines are used to empower the raiders.
Peter Lokeris, the State Minister for Minerals and MP for Chekwii County in Nakapiripirit district who led the ceremony said they are resorting to using their traditional methods to hunt for the warriors who have failed to embrace peace.
According to Brig. Joseph Balikudembe the UPDF 3rd division commander, their intelligent officers have established that some of these shrines have nominated energetic youth to go for the sourcing of guns.
Rose Chemie, an elder from Karita Sub County in Amudat district explains that men now feel uncomfortable with mutilated women whose cut organs dont provide sexual excitement and are now opting for uncircumcised women outside the district.