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Cattle Rustlers Still Hesitant on Voluntarily Handover of Guns :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Cattle Rustlers Still Hesitant on Voluntarily Handover of Guns

Currently, the joint security forces are conducting community peace dialogues to convince the cattle raiders to voluntarily hand over their guns without prosecution. The initiative has yielded results from the districts in Northern Karamoja such as Abim, Kotido, Kaabong and Karenga. However, there has been some resistance from the districts in the south Karamoja that comprises Moroto, Napak, Amudat, Nabilatuk and Nakapiripirit.
Community dancing after the peace dialogue with the reformed warriors in Moroto.
The joint security forces are struggling to implement voluntary handover of guns in Karamoja.

Currently, the forces are conducting community peace dialogues to convince the cattle raiders to voluntarily hand over their guns without prosecution. The initiative has yielded results from the districts in Northern Karamoja such as Abim, Kotido, Kaabong, and Karenga.

However, there has been some resistance from the districts in Moroto, Napak, Amudat, Nabilatuk, and Nakapiripirit.

Michael Longole, the Mt Moroto Regional Police Spokesperson noted that the rustlers from the South Karamoja districts have not fully embraced the presidential amnesty of voluntary handover of illegal firearms without prosecution.

Longole observed that the security forces have continued registering isolated cases of cattle thefts especially between Pokot in Amudat and Pian from Nabilatuk and Nakapiripirit Districts.

Following the resistance, the joint forces organized an operation to recover arms forcefully from armed criminals in the Alakas (Amudat) and Nakabaat (Moroto) areas and three guns were recovered.

Longole noted that the guns were forcefully recovered from unidentified warriors after a cordon and search that was conducted in Nakabaat village, Rupa Sub County in Moroto District.   An SMG rifle reg no 11253 with five rounds of ammunition was forcefully recovered from Tingaz village in Alakas, Amudat District.

"We are conducting operations in troublesome areas to ensure equitable peace all over Karamoja meanwhile urging Karachunas in south Karamoja to embrace presidential amnesty and voluntarily return guns to the Government without prosecution," Longole said.

Longole applauded Karachunas from the North Karamoja for fully embracing the initiative and they are in the lead voluntarily returning arms without coercion.

Brig Gen Felix Busizoori, the UPDF 3rd Division Deputy Commander while in a peace dialogue in Nabilatuk District observed that the Karachunas had not decided on voluntary handover of guns.

Busizoori said that the warriors were asking to be compensated before handing over their guns. Busizoori is optimistic that through peace dialogues, the warriors will release their hearts and surrender their guns voluntarily.

‘’They said their guns were bought with money and they use it for survival, which is true but we can also not pay them or compensate because it is illegal, so we are trying to engage them through dialogues’’ Busizoori said.

Last month, at least ninety-four goats and sheep were stolen in Namoni Aloris village, Kosike Sub County, Nabilatuk District two days after the reconciliation dialogue with the reformed warriors from North Karamoja. The joint security forces managed to recover all the goats but no one was arrested.