Aped Longole, the former Napumpum sub-county LC
III Vice Chairperson in Kotido district who was gunned down by joint security
forces on Thursday night was a notorious rustler before he joined politics, URN
Longole was killed while driving rustled animals from Apeitolim in
Napak to Kotido district. Now, the LC III Chairperson, Paul
Lowok, says that the deceased was a notorious cattle rustler who was actively
involved in raiding animals.
According to Lowok, he interested the deceased in
the position of sub-county vice-chairperson to keep him busy after realizing
that he was not willing to stop raiding.
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He explains that the deceased had an illegal
firearm before he appointed him vice-chairperson and handed it over to security.
Lowok, however, says that Longole was killed in possession of another firearm. Longole
is one of the local leaders who has been condemning UPDF for not doing enough
to stop cattle rustling in Karamoja.
Peter Abram Lokii, the Jie County MP noted that the
deceased lost his cows to suspected cattle raiders from Moroto last year. He
explained that none of the cows was recovered prompting him to resort to raiding to
recover his animals.
Lokii noted that he is not surprised to hear
about Longole’s death because several leaders across Karamoja have died in a
He asked the government to commit itself to
addressing the problem of poverty and empowering reformed warriors as opposed to
just disarming them.
At the start of the second phase of the disarmament exercise
in Karamoja in July 2021, the State Minister for Karamoja Affairs Agnes Nandutu
revealed that warriors who voluntarily hand over their guns will receive two
bags of maize.
However, Lokii says the minister’s pledge was out of excitement
because the strategy cannot work to transform a reformed warrior.
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Peter Lodio, a resident of Napumpum sub-county
says that the government had promised to reward whoever surrenders a firearm
but nothing has been done. Lodio says the warriors have been relying on guns
for survival, arguing that disarming them without any alternative leaves them
vulnerable because they can’t support their families.
URN has also noted that several LC I, LC 2
chairpersons and councillors are in police custody for conniving with rustlers
or actively getting involved in cattle theft. In 2019, the LC 3 chairperson of Dan
Apolo loyolo was shot dead by LDU following a disagreement over impounded animals.