Kenya Home Guards Kill Karimojong Rustlers Top story

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In short
The incident occurred on Sunday evening at LorengIkipi village-Lokiriama Location inside Kenya, 30 kilometers from the Uganda-Kenya border.

At least seven suspected Karimojong rustlers from the Tepeth community have been killed and several others injured in a cross border raid in Loima district, Kenya. The incident occurred on Sunday evening at Lorengikipi village, 30 kilometres from the Uganda – Kenya border.
The raiders also stole hundreds of animals in the evening raid; however the Kenya Police reservists (KPR) by press time had recovered several herds with an unknown number still missing.
Mark Amojong, the Lokiriama Location Chief in Loima district, says in the past two weeks his area has been under siege. He explains that the community is not stable following a series of attacks since the first of week of December.  He adds that several people have been killed in cross-fire as marauding rustlers pounce on settlements.
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Capt. Jimmy Omara, the UPDF 3rd Division spokesperson, confirms the series of attacks on the Turkana by the Tepeth- Pokot alliance. He explains that the UPDF is tracing for the culprits masterminding the attacks in Kenya. He encourages the local leaders to get involved in bringing peace to the warring communities. He adds that grace period offered to the youth still holding illegal arms is almost up and the army will take harsher measures to recover the weapons.
Okot Obwona, the Regional Police Commander – Moroto area, advises that rustlers to desist from attacking their neighbours. He says if they continue provoking a foreign country, the government will not protect them against the repercusions. He adds that Karamoja sub region is now secure save a few criminals destabilizing peace across the Uganda – Kenya border.
This is not the first time the Karimojong are being killed in cross border raids this year. At least 40 warriors were killed by Turkana home guards during attacks in May and October. The rustlers were killed in a fierce gun battle at Namoruputh, Pokot areas and Lokiriama location in Loima district, Kenya.


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.