UPDF Soldiers Hunt For Gunmen In Napak District

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Micheal Ilukol, the in-charge Crime desk Napak district, said that they already have clues as to where the assailants came from. He added that they had contacted their counterparts in Nakapiripirit district to ascertain their settlement village before action can be taken.

UPDF soldiers attached to 405 Brigade have embarked on a mission to capture the gunmen who staged ambushes along Moroto-Soroti road over the weekend in Napak district. The warriors are suspected to have come from the neighbouring Nakapiripirit district.

Capt. Deo Akiiki, 3rd Division Army Spokesperson, said the hunt is on for these opportunistic criminals. Akiiki promised that the army would not rest until the culprits were arrested and prosecuted in the courts of law.

On Saturday four suspected Karimojong warriors shot and injured Denis Ekaka, a site engineer with JIEMKE, a construction company charged with the repair of Moroto-Soroti road. The incident happened at Lokiteded village 32 kilometres from Moroto town.

It is believed the warriors also ambushed Joseph Loput, an Inspector of Schools Napak district and his colleague Abedinego Achia, an accountant with the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO). They were travelling to Moroto town on a motorbike registration number UDH 721P before being attacked at Kautakou village, 11 kilometres from Moroto town.

Micheal Ilukol, the in-charge Crime desk Napak district, said that they already have clues as to where the assailants came from. He added that they had contacted their counterparts in Nakapiripirit district to ascertain their settlement village before action can be taken. He described the suspected assailants as frustrated warriors who had taken to robbery.

Linos Lokorwa, LC5 vice chairperson Napak district, advised the public to be vigilant at all times. He encouraged the communities to report to the authorities any strange persons in their areas because only then could law and order be maintained.
 

 

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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.