UPDF Soldiers Begin Patrolling Karamoja Roads After Ambushes

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Hundreds of UPDF soldiers deployed to patrol the roads in south Karamoja following renewed cases of ambushes by suspected Karimojong warriors. The roads include Moroto-Soroti and Moroto - Nakapiripirit in Nakapiripirit, Napak and Moroto districts.

Hundreds of UPDF soldiers were on Thursday deployed to patrol the road network in south Karamoja following renewed cases of ambushes by suspected Karimojong warriors. The roads include Moroto-Soroti and Moroto-Nakapiripirit routes in Nakapiripirit, Napak and Moroto districts.

Some soldiers are in the villages combing bushes to ensure that the assailants of the last weekend ambushes are arrested and brought to trial.

Capt. Deo Akiiki, 3rd Division Army Spokesperson, says the move is aimed at ensuring the roads are safe for all users. He explains that the foot patrols are to protect the contractors who are set to begin intensive repair work on Moroto-Soroti road.

Akiiki adds that security patrols have been increased along the roads to ensure marauding criminal gangs are arrested and disbanded. He says the army will not allow frustrated criminals to disrupt the prevailing peace pattern.

Last weekend, suspected warriors staged two road ambushes at Kokeris village, injuring Denis Ekaka a site engineer for JIEMKE contractors. The company is charged with repairs of Moroto-Soroti road.

Another ambush was laid at Kautakou village, 11 miles from Moroto town that left two people critically injured. The ambushed trio is hospitalized at Matany Hospital in Napak district.

Earlier on Thursday, the gunmen had ambushed and shot dead a man walking along Nakapiripirit-Moroto road.

Karamoja, once characterized by rustling and armed conflicts, has of recent been in the limelight as a sub region that had begun embracing peace.

 Joseph Lomonyang, LC5 Chairperson Napak district, appeals to security agencies to step up foot-patrols so as to sustain the existing peace. He urges the security agencies to hunt down the thugs who have taken advantage of the heavy rains to launch attacks.
 
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Stephen Bewaayo Nsubuga, Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Amudat, asks security agencies to step up patrols on routes entering Karamoja. He explains that of recent the army has captured five guns being trafficked into Karamoja from the neighbouring Kenya.

He advises the youth in Karamoja to engage in better income generating activities other than way laying people on the roads.