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History repeats itself! Oulanyah appeals to govt to protect Karimojong pastoralists from armed Turkana

The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah during a plenary sitting recently (PHOTO/File)

KAMPALA – Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah has on Tuesday, September 3, appealed to Government to react to the ongoing reports that armed cattle keepers from Kenya’s Turkana region have started intruding Karamoja region.

 

Hon Oulanyah expressed concerns stating that this provocative trend will compell their Ugandan counterparts, the Karimojongs to acquire guns to avert the threat.

Oulanyah made these remarks in Tuesday’s plenary sitting following reports that Karamojong cattle rustlers have been ambushing residents in Abim, taking their cattle and raping their women.

TheDeputy Speaker told the State Minister for General Duties, Mary Karooro Okurut that there is need to look into these complaints as well as reports of Karamoja re-arming before the situation gets out of hand.

“Last week, there was a concern from a member in Karamoja region that the Turkana are coming with guns situation of re-arming could be taking place without us knowing yet we spent a lot of time disarming Karamojong and this whole work will come to zero if nothing is done,” he said.

The Lamwo County MP, told Parliament that the people of Abim have experienced repeated attacks by Karamojong warriors who have killed or taken their cows, he also cited elephant attacks from Kidepo national park.

Security however told Abim residents that the doesn’t have enough man power to be install in hot spots in Abim and called to have the 300 LDUs reinstated warning that if the situation isn’t contained, the Karamoja influx would stretch to neighbouring districts of Otuke and Agago.

Hon Karooro promised to deal with the situation noting, ” It’s a tragedy that cattle rustling is still taking place in this age and time. It will be worked upon.”

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