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Security In Karamoja Recovers 265 Illicit Weapons , 70 Civilians Killed in 2023 :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Security In Karamoja Recovers 265 Illicit Weapons , 70 Civilians Killed in 2023

Michael Longole, the Mt Moroto regional police spokesperson noted that out of the 265 guns recovered, at list 106 guns and 1206 ammunition were recovered voluntarily in the 42 Karachunas based engagement meetings held across the sub region.
Some of the guns recovered during the ongoing disarmament operations in karamoja


At least 70 civilians have lost their lives and 50 others were injured in the course of raids by Karamojong cattle rustlers in the year 2023.

The Joint Security Forces also recovered 265 guns with 2,900 ammunition and 7,322 livestock during the disarmament operations.

According to the security annual report, they registered 400 incidents of cattle rustling involving 9704 livestock where 7322 were recovered and 2382 handed over to the rightful owners.

In the fight against commercialized raids, the security forces were able to set livestock verification centers in the designated routes to curb illegal transportation of stolen cows.

Michael Longole, the Mt Moroto regional police spokesperson noted that out of the 265 guns recovered, 106 guns and 1206 ammunition were surrendered voluntarily in the 42 Karachunas-based engagement meetings held across the sub-region.

 Longole said that they were also able to verify 37,861 heads of cattle and 29,265 goats that left the livestock markets from the various districts in Karamoja.

He noted that through their verification centers, 128 heads of cattle were identified as stolen and the suspects were arrested to aid in the investigations.

Longole further stated that 3500 suspected armed warriors were arrested, 620 were convicted and they are serving sentences in different government prisons.

"Implementation of president's executive order no.3 saw 4,613 bags of charcoal impounded by security forces all over Karamoja and 3,299 have been disposed of through court order," Longole said.

In the year 2024, joint security forces plan to continue with robust Community engagement as a forefront Disarmament tool with much  focus on mindset change, crime reduction strategies and promotion of go-to-school campaigns.

In July 2021, the joint security forces launched the Usalama Kwa Wote program to disarm all the Karamojong warriors who are in possession of illegal firearms following the resurgence of insecurity in the sub-region