On February 2, the State Minister for Disaster Preparedness and Refugees, Esther Davinia Anyakun, inaugurated the iron sheet distribution exercise at the district headquarters in the presence of local leaders, district officials, and security forces, among others.
The dead have been identified as Karim, a businessman from Sironko District, his wife, Alice, Umar from Mbale District; and Abako, a woman from South Sudan. The injured were rushed to Mbale Regional Referral Hospital for urgent treatment.
Michael Longole, the Mt Moroto regional police spokesperson, confirmed the incident, stating that the victims were rescued through an intelligence network. Four suspects have been arrested to aid ongoing investigations.
Egaro, 37, reportedly went missing from his home on Wednesday, November 1st, 2023. Two days later, his wife, Teddy Akello, reported his disappearance to Otuke Central Police Station under SD reference 15/03/11/2023.
Michael Longole, the Mt Moroto Regional Police Spokesperson said that the police station is equipped with one furnished office block, and two accommodation blocks containing 9 housing units. Two vehicles were also given to the station to ease mobility.
It is alleged that Muhereza, who was the groom, was assisted by the other four suspects to steal the cattle. Mukasa suspects that these four are part of a larger network involved in cattle theft in the district.
The Toyota Premio, bearing a distinctive yellow sticker with the inscription "M7 2026-2032" on the number plate, was impounded from Uganda Technical College (UTC) lower playground and is presently under detention at Ojwina Police Station.
According to Longole, the victim was swiftly transported to Lorengedwat Health Centre III for immediate medical attention. Subsequently, the victim was transferred to Moroto Regional Referral Hospital utilizing a Police Ambulance.
Michael Longole, the Mt Moroto regional police spokesperson told URN that they have transported the six women with children whose age ranges between three and 13 years to Moroto central police station.
The incident is said to have occurred on July 30, 2023, at around 4:00 pm, while the parents were away for prayers. It is alleged that the suspect lured the girl to a house within the same locality and sexually abused her.
According to Longole, the police officers responded immediately and the suspect was nabbed from his hideout within the same village.
Muhindo says they expect that the escapees were assisted to escape by a yet to be known person. “We suspect that it was a planned criminality where a fellow criminal from outside helped the suspects to create a hole in the wall which eased the escape," added Muhindo.
Michael Longole, the Mt Moroto regional police spokesperson told URN that the warriors suspected to be Dodoth opened fire at the officers but were later repulsed by the security officers in the same vehicle.