US Ambassador Calls for End to Lawlessness in Karamoja

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The United States Ambassador to Uganda, Steve Browning, is in Karamoja for an on spot assessment of the security situation in the region. During a meeting with the UPDF Commanders at the third division army headquarters in Moroto, Browning said that the United States is anxious to see an end to the lawlessness in Karamoja and is ready to support the disarmament efforts. Brigadier Patrick Kankiriho, the Third Division Army Commander, told the Ambassador that the army is faced with the challenge of combating the commercial dimension of cattle rustling and the restoration of the rule of law in Karamoja. He noted that the deployment of the police and judicial officers to Karamoja is a step towards the restoration of the rule of law in the area. Karamoja region sandwiched between Kenya and northern Uganda has long suffered lawlessness and unrest at the hands of heavily armed cattle rustlers. Karamojong warriors raid neighboring clans and tribes with Ak-47s, stealing cows and often leaving several people dead. The US ambassador will also hold meetings with Karamojong local leaders. In a related development, the trial of 109 warriors accused of possessing illegal firearms began today in Moroto barracks. The warriors are being tried by a court-martial chaired by John Baptist Mulindwa, the Chairman of the Third Division Court Martial.


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