Karimojong Warriors Shoot Dead LDU Personnel

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23-year-old Michael Lothok was shot dead by warriors at Nabwal Village in Irriri Sub County in Napak district 98 kilometers from Moroto town on Sunday evening.

Suspected Karimojong warriors have shot dead a Local Defense Unit Personnel in Moroto district.  23-year-old Michael Lothok was shot dead by warriors at Nabwal Village in Irriri Sub County in Napak district, 98 kilometers from Moroto town on Sunday evening. The warriors made off with his gun an unspecified number of live ammunition.
Michael Ilukol, the in charge of the crime desk at Napak Central Police Stations says that the deceased was shot dead by the warriors while collecting firewood. Ilukol says that they have sent out an intelligence team to track down the assailants and recover the stolen gun. The shooting of Michael Lothok brings to four, the number of attacks carried by suspected Karimojong warriors within a space of one month in South Karamoja areas.

Three weeks ago, the warriors ambushed cyclists at Kokeris and Kautakou villages along Moroto-Soroti road respectively. Another man was shot dead along Moroto-Nakapiripirit road at Acerer village, Nakapiripirit district. Anthony Lemukol , the Irriri Sub County parish chief condemns the attack describing it as unfortunate for Karamoja. He adds that the sub region is just recovering from wounds of conflict.

He explains that the warriors have now gone on rampage terrorizing mostly communities bordering Napak and Nakapiripirit district. Lemukol appeals to security agencies to boost their presence in the border communities. John Mugarura, the Commander 403 Brigade says the army has been deployed to hunt for the warriors.


About the author

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.