UPDF Guns Recovered in Kenya Police Operation

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In short
The guns were recovered in the areas lying along the Kenya-Uganda border in several operations. Among the rifles is a registered Uganda National police gun that was used in an aborted robbery on Trans-Zoia supermarket in the heart of Kitale town last December.

At least six guns with unspecified number of ammunition have been recovered by the Kenya Police forces over the last five months.

The guns were recovered in the areas lying along the Kenya-Uganda border in several operations. Among the rifles is a registered Uganda National police gun that was used in an aborted robbery on Trans-Zoia supermarket in the heart of Kitale town last December.

Capt. Denis Omara, the UPDF 3rd Division Spokesperson says the strengthened cooperation with the Kenya security under the East African spirit is now yielding fruits.
 
He notes that the force had recovered six guns in several operations from Ugandan Local Defense force officers who commit crimes in Karamoja. He explains that some members of the LDU an auxiliary force of the UPDF flee to Kenya to elude arrest and end up in the hands of the security agencies.

Among the guns recovered, Omara said was a gun used in the killing of UPDF commander Corp. Siraje Ngeiwe. The deceased was a commander of Namusing local defence unit-detachment in Looro Sub county, Amudat district. He adds that the security forces also recovered the commander’s gun including one used by the killer yet to be identified for security reasons.

In June 2013, two guns were recovered in the Kenya’s Trans-Zoia West district. The rifles were confiscated from thugs at Chemunin village some 248 kilometers South East of Moroto town.

Meanwhile, a joint intelligence team is also hunting for more six LDU men who fled with their rifles and unknown number of ammunition. The UPDF suspects the culprits at large are masterminding cross-border raids that have escalated in the recent past.

 

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.