UPDF Commanders Discuss Force Deployment In Karamoja

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He explains that in the recent past the Karimojong have started stealing cows from Teso, which the army will not tolerate.

UPDF commanders in Karamoja region are reportedly meeting today to discuss the declining security situation, which has led to increased cattle thefts. A source that didn’t want to be named for fear of reprisal from the army says the meeting that is chaired by Brigadier Nakibus Lakara, the third division commander is also expected to discuss  disarmament and strengthening the army in the region after two battalions were deployed in South Sudan early this year.
The source notes that the over 1000 soldiers sent to quell a coup in South Sudan left a big gap that requires balancing the deployment on ground for effective security. According to the source, there is need to alter deployment in Karamoja sub region. He explains that in the recent past the Karimojong have started stealing cows from Teso, which the army will not tolerate.

Captain Denis Omara, the UPDF 3rd Division Spokesperson could neither deny nor accept the claims when contacted. He however, declined to divulge the details of the meeting saying it was too early but added that it was a normal routine for commanders to meet. Mark Aol Musooka, the Moroto District chairperson says the security situation is unfavorable in Karamoja adding that he does not know whether its due to prolonged drought.

He notes that last week over 11 guns were confiscated in Nataparakwang village in Moroto. He says the army has also continued picking guns all over the district. He appeals to the Karimojong still keeping arms to declare them to the UPDF.


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.