Gunmen Execute Rat Hunter in Moroto

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Capt. Denis Omara, the UPDF 3rd Division spokesperson says the shooting could have been sparked off by foiled attempts to steal cattle, saying the rustlers had to turn their anger on Koryau who was found in the jungle.

Suspected Turkana rustlers have gunned down a 12-year-old hunter who was reportedly searching for edible rats in Moroto district.

The Sunday evening incident happened at Naturongole village, Kosiroi parish, Tapac Sub County, some 45 kilometers East of Moroto town towards the Uganda-Kenya border.

Security operatives have identified the deceased as Lokut Koryau.

Capt. Denis Omara, the Uganda Peoples' Defence force - UPDF 3rd Division spokesperson says the shooting could have been sparked off by foiled attempts to steal cattle, saying the rustlers had to turn their anger on Koryau who was found in the jungle.

He explains that rustlers, armed with three guns attempted to steal cattle in Tapac on Christmas Eve but the 55 animals were recovered. The same group outwitted the military on Saturday, December 27th to steal another 40 cows but was still stopped by the army before crossing into Kenya.

Lobot Peter, the Tapac Sub County chairperson says insecurity threats are slowly escalating in the area. He appeals to the government to find means of prevailing over the insecurity at the Uganda-Kenya border.

The murder of rat hunter follows the death of Loporokocho a local road worker who was killed while fetching water from the well in Kosiroi parish. Others include suspected rustler who were gunned down by UPDF early December.

 

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Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.