The transfer, expected 19 years ago, faced delays due to regional instabilities. The ritualistic transfer of power occurred at Akiriket, one of the largest shrines in Lotisan Sub County. It involved the sacrificial offering of a black bull, symbolizing the transition from darkness to light within the community.
The shs 7billion project under the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure development (USMID) has a 0.8kilometer stretch of two streets of Jie and Lopeduru connecting to the Moroto central market.
The contract to tarmac the two streets was handed over to Abubaker Technical Services in July 2021, and its completions were expected in October, 2022 all in vain. The contract was then extended to May 2023 but the works have not been completed.
The aim is to find solutions to save the Turkana cows that are suffering from starvation. These leaders highlight the shared pastoral nature of their communities and stress the importance of preventing the Turkana cows from dying of hunger. They argue that this action is not only humane but also critical for maintaining peace and preventing potential conflicts in Karamoja.
Colonel Richard Kidega, the 403rd Infantry Division commander, explained that the decision was made because it became difficult for the forces to care for the animals due to the lack of pasture and water.
Mary Nachap, a produce dealer in Naput trading center, Rupa Sub County said that they have lost a number of customers due to the ongoing security operations against the Turkana pastoralists grazing around their areas.
As of Wednesday, two guns were received from the Turkana Pastoralists in Naput army detachment pending one.
In May 2023, President Yoweri Museveni ordered all the Turkana pastoralists grazing in Karamoja to return to Kenya as one of the measures to curb gun violence in the region.
A significant number of people from villages like Naput in Rupa Sub-County, Kidepo, and Atedeoi in Lotisan Sub-County are migrating to urban areas and mining sites to work as casual laborers to make a living.
Sarah Akello, an environmental defender from Tapac Sub County, noted that their advocacy against destructive mining activities, particularly by Tororo Cement Factory Limited, has exposed them to threats.
An estimated 10,000 acres of various crops such as maize, sorghum, bean, sunflower and groundnuts has been ruined by the drought that started in mid June and July.
Sarah Akello, a farmer in Tapac Sub County told URN that they cultivated very many acres of maize with hopes to get much harvest, unfortunately their dreams have been shattered by the drought that has destroyed the crops.
Stone quarries and gold mining sites host the highest number of children while others are subjected to carrying bundles of firewood and bags of charcoal for sale to feed their families. Sometimes children walk for over 15 kilometres to Moroto town in search of markets.
The two priests ordained are Rev Deacon Paul Kiyonga of Moroto and Rev Deacon Nicholas Iwala from Nabilatuk district. Bishop Guzzetti also consecrated Francis Opio, Moses Sagal, Anjello Illukol, and Joshua Gidongo to the order of diaconate.