At least seven suspected cattle rustlers were killed and 46 arrested by UPDF soldiers during a military operation in Karamoja sub region last week.
This was confirmed by the 3rd Division command in Moroto where he also indicated that the soldiers recovered three guns and seven rounds of ammunitions from the so-called warriors.
Maj. Isaac Oware, 3rd Division Spokesman said that the army recovered 701 cattle, 105 goats and sheep in the same operation across the Karamoja sub region. He added that 46 suspected cattle thieves were arrested in the same operation and 32 were prosecuted in the court martial.
According to Maj. Oware, the victims of last week’s operations were from Abim, Kotido and Nakapiripirit districts, the same areas where they recovered the guns and ammunitions.
The army launched another phase of the disarmament in Karamoja.
It should be noted that in July 2021 the army launched another phase of disarmament in Karamoja dubbed “Usalama Kwa Wote”, which loosely mean “Peace for All” which saw the recovery of 105 guns, 1,046 Rounds of Ammunition and 7,726 animals .
This operation was in November extended for another three months.
The Karamojong cattle raid spill overs have affected the neighboring sub regions of Teso, Sebei and Acholi and the Statistics from 3rd Division indicate that the army recovered over 8,000 head of cattle from Katakwi, Bulambuli, Kween, and Amudat among others, and returned them to their rightful owners.