Michael Longole, the Mt. Moroto region police spokesperson, says that the incident happened around 9:00 pm on Sunday after the joint security team comprising the police and UPDF officers on night patrol within Acholi inn found the warrior trying to sneak into a bar with an SMG rifle and five rounds of ammunition.
The joint security forces
have shot dead a suspected cattle rustler and recovered an SMG rifle belonging
to Uganda Prison Services from Acholi Inn trading center in Rupa sub-county in
Acholi inn village, which is just about a kilometer away from
Moroto town is a known blackspot, where raiders buy refreshments as they plan
their next move.
Michael Longole, the Mt. Moroto region police
spokesperson, says that the incident happened around 9:00 pm on Sunday after
the joint security team comprising the police and UPDF officers on night
patrol within Acholi inn found the warrior trying to sneak into a
bar with an SMG rifle and five rounds of ammunition.
Longole says that the joint security team shot
the warrior killing him on the spot. The officers recovered an SMG rifle UG
56-355861302109 with five rounds of ammunition.
‘’We believe that this firearm is among the 14guns inmates
stole during the 2020 breakout at Moroto prisons’’ he said. The deceased’s body is lying at Moroto regional
hospital mortuary pending postmortem as they wait for his relatives to show up.
//cue in: ‘’yesterday one of them was’’
Cue out: ‘’we have that gun at the division,’’//
John Lokwii, a resident in the same area
applauded the police for their great job, saying that the center has been described
as a territory of no government. Lokwii says warriors have been taking
advantage of the absence of security in the area to move freely with their guns
‘’We have been seeing them around crossing over
going to raid. They even buy waragi from here but of course, we are not their
target so they prepare their things and disappear. Now that security forces
have started camping here I’m sure they will catch many warriors since this is
their pathway,’’ Lokwii said.
In September 2020, 248 inmates overpowered prison
warders at Singila prison in Moroto district and made off with 14 guns and 480
ammunition. David Charles Opio, the Mt. Moroto Regional
Prisons commander has confirmed to URN that the recovered rifle is one of 14
guns taken by the inmates.
This now brings to seven, the number of firearms recovered
from those taken by the inmates. Opio
says he’s optimistic that by the end of the current disarmament exercise, they would
have recovered all the firearms lost during the prison break.
In December 2021,
the joint security forces who were on disarmament in Kotido district arrested
the ringleader of the Moroto prison break. He was arrested with an SMG rifle
with 14 rounds of ammunition belonging to Uganda prison services.