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Karimojong Rustlers Cross to Kenya, Raid 300 Cattle :: Uganda Radionetwork

Karimojong Rustlers Cross to Kenya, Raid 300 Cattle

A joint team of security forces in Uganda is hunting for unknown number  Karimojong rustlers from Kaabong district who on Wednesday crossed to Turkana in Kenya and raided over 300 livestock.

The raid in Turkana by Karimojong rustlers happened just a day after a cross border peace meeting between the Turkana and the Karimojong.

The meeting was chaired by Jeremiah Lomorukai, the governor of Turkana county and attended by UPDF 3rd division commander Brig. Joseph Balikudembe and other Karamoja regional leaders in Kobebe grazing area in Moroto district. 

Jino Meri, the district chairperson of Kaabong said the raid in Turkana by Karimojong creates headache to the leaders who are fighting for peace. 

He said so far 27 animals have been recovered adding that the security forces and elders in Kaabong are helping in recovery of the livestock. "It is really so hurting that we have been in peace meetings but some few elements continue carrying out raids," he said.

Brig. Balikudembe, the 3rd division commander urged the leaders of Kaabong to join hands and get all the raided animals. "We shall not accept few criminals to continue disturbing the peace in Karamoja, " he said.

Peter Longole, a peace activist and a resident of Rengen sub county in Kotido district said a review on the peace message for the pastoralists needs to be designed across the sector.

"Could it be that the message being disseminated to the rustlers is not being understood and it's making the rustlers go and carry out raids even after  attending  peace meetings, " he asked. He said there could be the gap which the stake holders needs to come together and cross check.

Augustine Lomuria, another elder said the government and other stakeholders have unfortunately left out the involvement of elders in the hunt for peace.

"When you look at the whole peace campaign in Karamoja, elders are not involved and yet at times they can be listened to by rustlers who happen to be their children," he said.

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