Karimojong cattle rustlers have for the second time
attacked the office of the Karamoja regional inspectorate of mines located in
The attack on the mines office on Thursday night forced the regional inspector of mines Gerald Eneku to flee and hide himself in the
pit latrine which is still under construction.
Mr. Eneku uses a section of the office building as his accommodation
due to shortage of accommodation in the town.
Eneku told URN that the rustlers armed with two
guns accessed the premises by climbing over the fence.
“I saw them peeping through the widow in my room, they were three
of them and they were ordering me to come out so I managed to escape out via an
emergency door and they didn’t see me,” he said.
Mr. Eneku who has since left the area for Kampala said he
will only return to work when the ministry of minerals deploys some security
personnel to guard the premises.
According to Eneku, this is not the first time of armed rustlers attempting to attack him, saying that two
month ago the warriors again gained access to the premises but luckily he was not
“We used to have police guards in the place but they were withdrawn
for unstated reason,” he said.
Patricia Nakongo, a neighbor to the office told URN that the rustlers
every day pass around the mineral office when they are going for their
“They move around that area all the time especially at night
and I ask myself what they want in that office which does not even
have a goat in the compound,” she said.
The minerals office is located in the eastern part of Moroto
Municipality, a distance of one kilometer from the main town.
Mr. Michael Longole the Karamoja regional police
spokesperson said the police are investigating the incident and called for
He suspected the incident could have been may be over mineral
fights and the aggrieved miners could be trying to express their desertification.
“We have not yet arrested anyone person but we are already
on ground following it we will give clear information to the public when we are
done,” he said.