Karimojong warriors injure three in road ambushes

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At least three people were over the weekend injured in two separate road ambushes staged along Moroto-Soroti road by suspected Karimojong warriors in Napak district.

At least three people were over the weekend injured in two separate ambushes staged along Moroto-Soroti road by suspected Karimojong warriors in Napak district.

The ambushes took place at Lokiteded and Kautakou villages respectively with victims admitted at Matany hospital in critical condition.

Police identified the first victim as Kaka Denis (29), a site engineer, working with JIEMKE road construction company contracted to repair Moroto-Soroti road. He was travelling back to Irriri trading centre, Napak district, after meeting Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) staff in Moroto town. He was shot at Lokiteded village, 32 kilometres from Moroto town.

The four men with one rifle shot him in the right hand shoulder and made off with 270,000 shillings.

Others are Joseph Loput, an Inspector of Schools, Napak district and Abedinego Achia, an accountant with the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO). Both were travelling on a motorcycle when they fell into an ambush at Kautakou village, 11 kilometres from Moroto town. 

Achia, who had difficulty speaking, narrated that the side mirror of their motorbike was shattered by a bullet before they fell off the motorbike. He has no recollection of what happened thereafter and only woke to find he was in a hospital bed.

George Obia, Karamoja Police Spokesperson, confirmed the incidents and said that security operatives were tracking the assailants.

Obia added that Police was working to establish the motive of the two ambushes. He appealed to the communities to provide more information to security so as to arrest the culprits.

Joseph Lomonyang, LC5 Napak district chairperson, asked colleagues in the neighbouring districts to mobilise and join efforts to fight this resurgent criminal activity. He said that road ambushes had become history and should not be allowed to frustrate development in the sub region.

These ambushes bring to five the number of such attacks in the past five months staged along Moroto-Soroti road.

 

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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.