Crime

KARAMOJA LEADERS DEMAND RETURN OF LDUS

By Mathew Abekson

KARAMOJA: The councilors in Karamoja have demanded for the return of the LDUs to the region, to help combat the Karimojong warriors who are terrorizing the region.

The councilors made the call at the Karamoja regional council, which was wrapped on Friday evening.
Caroline Oceng, a woman councilor from Abim urged that their call reaches both the president and commander land forces.

However, another councilor from Nakapiripirit faulted some leaders for entering into alliances with the rustlers leading, something that has frustrated efforts to track stolen animals.

Meanwhile the LC5 chairperson for Kotido Paul Lotee Komol urged the presidents of both Uganda and neighboring Kenya to devise strategies of disarming the Turkana since they have become the source of guns for the Karimojong rustlers.

”The presidents of Uganda and Kenya should devise strategies of disarming the Turkana since they have become the source of guns for the Karimojong rustlers,” he said.

In their recommendation, the councilors also asked government to render free boarding education to Karimojong children in order to curb cattle rustling which they say is almost going out of hand.

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The chairperson Karamoja parliamentary group Remigio Achia however says the resolutions will remain a song if not presented to the president.

The state minister for works Musa Ecweru intimated that he will hold talks with the people of Teso regarding the current impasse caused by Karimojong cattle thieves.

The Karamoja regional council was attended by both cabinet and state ministers for Karamoja, State minister for works and transport Musa Ecweru, 3rd division Commander Brig. Joseph Balikudembe, all the 29 members of parliament from Karamoja, councilors from across the region and other stakeholders.

The two-day meeting was organized by Office of the Prime Minister.

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