Suspected Warriors in Kotido Kill LCI Chairperson in Cattle Raid

Reports indicate that about four armed warriors entered Lokirus’s kraal and when he came out to find out what was happening, he was shot several times and the warriors fled .
Armed warriors have shot dead the LCI Chairperson of Oyapua Village, Lokwakial Sub County in Kotido district. Apalotor Lokiru was shot dead at his home at around 4:00 am this morning by a group of armed warriors in a botched raid.

Reports indicate that about four-armed warriors entered Lokirus’s kraal behind the home yard, and when he came out to find out what was happening, he was shot several times and the warriors fled.

The police who visited the scene say Lokiru was shot while trying to protect his cattle from being stolen.

This takes the number of people killed by shooting in Kotido district to six since Sunday. Four were killed in Nakapelimoru while two were shot dead in Panyangara.

The police in Kotido says the number of people being killed by shooting is increasing as armed warriors continue cattle raids despite the ongoing disarmament exercise.

According to the Acting DPC Kotido, Gerald Tumwesigye, the district has seen more deaths by shooting this week than ever before since the first phase of disarmament.

The local leaders have condemned the killings and called on the warriors to cease fire and hand over the guns to the UPDF.

The Kotido LCV Chairperson Paul Komol Lotee says they will continue pursuing the warriors and ensure that they voluntarily hand over the guns to get peace to the region.

“These killings against our people by our own are very unfortunate. I regret it but we hope as disbarment continues to build and register achievements, we shall get peace,” said Komol.

Meanwhile, the joint forces have managed to recover a total of 50 illegal firearms across the region since forceful disarmament started.

Forceful disarmament is being led by the UPDF and police while voluntary disarmament is being led by local and religious leaders with several gun collection centres in each sub-county.