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Warrior-to-Warrior Engagement Gives Hope for Peace in Karamoja

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Charles Logit from Nabilatuk district surrendered his weapon last Saturday following engagements with reformed warrior security units. Loneliness in the bush, coupled with the demise and surrender of his comrades, led Logit to seek a way to surrender his gun, reassured by the safe return of his colleagues.
Some of the reformed warriors surrenering their guns to the government

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Peace is slowly returning to the Karamoja sub-region following the involvement of reformed warriors to persuade their former colleagues to relinquish their firearms. Since June 2023, ongoing inter-communal peace talks have united reformed warriors from various districts, fostering reconciliation and a new start towards coexistence.   

Charles Logit from Nabilatuk district surrendered his weapon last Saturday following engagements with reformed warrior security units. Loneliness in the bush, coupled with the demise and surrender of his comrades, led Logit to seek a way to surrender his gun, reassured by the safe return of his colleagues. 

Judith Natuk, the coordinator for the reformed warriors, known as Karachunas, emphasized the initiative's goal of promoting reconciliation. Using these reformed warriors as ambassadors, efforts are underway to persuade those still in hiding to surrender their illegal weapons and embrace peace. This approach, initiated in June 2023, has resulted in numerous voluntary gun surrenders, contributing to the region's relative peace.   

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Ben Baatom Koryang, the Dodoth West County MP, Karenga district, expressed optimism in the warrior-to-warrior approach, believing it will resolve internal conflicts. He highlighted the role of communal peace dialogues in allowing reformed warriors to share experiences and advocate peace among those in hiding.

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Joachim Loduk, the LC3 chairperson of Nabilatuk Sub County, emphasized the challenges in identifying gun owners within the community. He stressed the importance of inclusive involvement in peace-building processes and lauded the recent leadership training from Kaweta military institution, enhancing their ability to handle security issues within the local community.    

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However, some reformed warriors expressed frustration over delayed government promises to support them economically. Daniel Akol, a reformed warrior from Kotido district, mentioned feeling cheated after surrendering his gun without receiving compensation. He urged the government to fulfill its pledges before they persuade their colleagues in hiding to do the same. 

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Mateo Lokech from Kotido also echoed similar sentiments, emphasizing the need for government support to facilitate the economic empowerment of reformed warriors, which would aid in convincing others to surrender their firearms.    

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In response, Karenga RDC Filbert Ocailap highlighted government programs aimed at alleviating poverty. He encouraged reformed warriors to form SACCOs and assured them of efforts to ensure the government fulfills its promises, directing all matters to the Resident District Commissioner's office. Ocailap urged reformed warriors to encourage their peers in hiding to return home and form supported groups for government assistance.

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