By Mathew Abekson
KARAMOJA: The Woman Member of Parliament for Napak District Hon. Faith Nakut has blamed the gaps in punishing raiders as a big threat that seems to be left hanging and is making communities vulnerable.
The legislator was speaking during the peace caravan meeting held in Kautakou, Napak District on Wednesday organised by the Karamoja Parliamentary Group supported by the Office of the Prime Minister to forge resolutions to curb the insecurity in the region.
“The meeting has acknowledged the gaps in the penal code and traditional system that are not recognised by the government,” Nakut said.
The politician says the cultural methods for punishing the criminals that were agreed by the locals will work best workout. ‘’We agreed that if a man killed by a criminal must be paid 60 cows while a woman would be 120 cows respectively,’’ she said.
According to the Kotido District LCV Chairperson Mr Lotee Joseph Komol, meetings were a waste of time for peace prevalence in the region.
‘’The meetings seem to be increasing the vice because whenever they hold a meeting warriors raid a place giving a scenario of when they had a meeting in Moruitit, Kotido which attracted Abim, Kaabong, Karenga and Kotido districts on Monday and the Jie raided Kaabong,’’ Lotee said.
He further noted that if meetings are shut, the army will have space to take charge to intensify cordon and search.
Karamoja Members of Parliament have so far held two meetings, the first one was held in Moruitit-Kotido district, followed by the Kautakou in Napak as the team heads to Nakapiripirit district today for the last dialogue.
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