The accusations come at the time the Katakwi residents are accusing their counterparts in Napak of alleged eviction at the border. The Iteso community claims that more than 300 people have been evicted by the Karamojong in the villages of Kaithelem and Okameta. They also noted that some of their houses were burnt, forcing them to stay in camps, among other issues.
Dennis Obbo, the Communications Officer at the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development says that the border conflict is being infuriated by politicians that he said should back off from the border. He explains that the border conflict, which has taken decades, was carefully studied and scientifically resolved.
All the eight districts of Karamoja have boundary conflicts. Kotido and Abim have locked horns over Lokililing and Moru-Alokwangat Parishes while Kotido and Kaabong also have a disputed boundary at Lolelia in Kacheri Sub County. Napak district is at loggerheads with Katakwi, Abim and Moroto, some of which have culminated into violence.
The tension started when police from Katakwi arrested six residents from Napak and detained them on charges of malicious damage to property, assault and theft offenses which were committed as far back as 2017, according to Katakwi District Police Commander Tonny Ondoga.
The decision to withhold the results follows complains raised by district leaders that several of those counted were none Ugandans and therefore, the report would not give a true representation of the demographics in the region.