UPDF Soldiers Kill Two Gunmen in Moroto

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In short
At least two suspected gunmen were on Sunday morning shot dead by the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces—UPDF soldiers in Moroto district.

At least two suspected gunmen were on Sunday morning shot dead by the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces—UPDF soldiers in Moroto district.

The Army also recovered two guns and 34 rounds of live ammunition during a gun battle at Naturomongole village, Tapac Sub County.

Maj. Geoffrey Lutaro, the commanding officer for the 13th battalion overseeing the Moroto’s hilly area, says the rustlers provoked the army during a morning foot patrol. He explains that the warriors fired at the army before a gun battle ensued. He adds that during the five-minute battle, no animal death was registered.

Lutaro warns the rustlers to desist from shooting at the forces saying it’s a crime and the outcomes can be fatal. He says the army has intensified foot patrols in the Amudat-Moroto raiding corridors to avert any missions by raiders to Kenya and inside Karamoja.

Nahman Ojwee, the Resident District Commissioner Moroto, says the army has beefed up security in the mountainous areas following complaints by residents. He says the aim is to restore sanity among the Pokot and Tepeth who have formed allies to carry out both cross-border and internal raids.

Lomeri Peter Lobur, the LC3 chairman Tapac Sub County, asks the army to intensify operations ahead of the festive season. He says usually at such time of the year, rustlers take up arms to raid animals for both the festive season and to replenish their herds. He appeals to the community to report any criminality in the villages.

Meanwhile on Friday, a stray bullet shot by the UPDF killed a 70 year-old man in Amudat district. The soldiers had gone to Alakas market to way-lay a man suspected to be in possession of an illegal gun.

The Police identified the deceased as Gwokole Loritae.

Kahebwa Godfrey, the Amudat District Police Commander, says investigations have been launched into the mysterious murder. Ends


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.