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Army briefs minister Agnes Nandutu on Karamoja disarmament – edge.ug

Army briefs minister Agnes Nandutu on Karamoja disarmament

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Security forces have upped the Karamoja sub region disarmament and pacification exercise.

A total of 50 guns recovered by Joint security forces this year were displayed as part of the brief to the new Karamoja Affairs State Minister- Hon. Agnes Nandutu at the UPDF 3rd division infantry headquarters.

The guns were recovered through the voluntary exercise and the law enforcement by the joint security, said AIP Longole Mike, Ag PRO Mt Moroto.

In January this year, leaders in Karamoja Sub-region called for a fresh disarmament exercise to remove all guns that are being used by cattle rustlers to destabilise the area.

The call followed recurring cattle raids between the Matheniko of Moroto, Jie of Kotido, Dodoth of Kaabong, Bokora of Napak and Pokot of Amudat, and Pian of Nakapiripirit and Nabilatuk districts.

Some of the recovered guns

Between 2001 and 2002, government disarmed Karimojong of firearms used in raiding cattle from the neigbouring regions such as Teso.

The army managed to collect about 50,000 guns.

Karimojong had enjoyed some relative peace until October last year when armed Karimojong resumed laying road ambushes and raiding animals.

The raids were intensified, with warriors clashing with UPDF soldiers on a weekly basis.

The sub-region also neighbours other armed pastoralists communities such as the Turkana and the Pokot in Kenya, and the Dinka and Topotha in South Sudan.

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