KARAMOJA CATTLE RUSTLING

FDC Press statement

We continue to be concerned over the insecurity in the Northeast of the country caused by marauding cattle rustlers in Karamoja. Approximately 1,626 suspected rustlers are reported arrested, and 291 of those have been prosecuted.

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We are concerned about gruesome pictures of alleged rustlers coming from Karamoja which continue to be shared in the media after ‘Lt. Gen’. Muhoozi Kainerugaba swore to go after the warriors. Reports reaching us indicate that innocent lives have been lost out of the military operation against the raiders.

While this is happening raids continue to happen in the districts within and neighbouring Karamoja, especially in Kapelebyong, Katakwi, Kumi, Bukedea, Abim and Agago where scores of lives have been lost and massive displacement of people continues daily People live in squalid continues with no food and shelter.

It’s sad that although 14,898 livestock have been recovered from the ongoing joint operation between the UPDF and the Police, the return of the livestock to the rightful owners has not yet happened.

We challenge the government to ensure the return of stolen livestock to the rightful owners. We also demand an inquiry on reports that some elements of the Ugandan military are accomplices in the criminal raids devastating the region.

We ask the concerned government department to extend relief assistance to displaced people some of whom now live in camps. We challenge the government to ensure the return of stolen livestock to the rightful owners.

We also demand an inquiry on reports that some elements of the Ugandan military are accomplices in the criminal raids devastating the region. We ask the concerned government department to extend relief assistance to displaced people some of whom now live in camps.

As the FDC we propose that 360 degrees of political solution be put into action because of the Karamoja subregion’s special place in the geopolitics of East Africa. The EAC, IGAD and the governments in South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia to engage and stop the proliferation of firearms sources used mainly by the rustlers.

A working socio-economic package should be put in place for the region not mere political emptier as the government has done for the past 30 years to lure the warring tribes , that’s livelihood options other than cattle rustling for most of the unemployed youths.

Lastly, a truth and reconciliation program to amend the broken communities to end the rustling for revenge activities and bring peace to the region and the neighbouring communities in Northwestern Kenya especially the Pokot Turkana and southern remote regions of South Sudan.

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