Cattle Rustler Shot Dead In Napak

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Capt. Denis Omara, the UPDF 3rd Division spokesperson says the warrior was killed when he and three others aimed arrows at a UPDF patrol team.

UPDF soldiers have shot dead a suspected rustler in Napak district. The incident occurred on Tuesday at Morulinga village on the border between Katakwi- Napak district, 90 kilometers South West of Moroto town.

Capt. Denis Omara, the UPDF 3rd Division spokesperson says the warrior was killed when he and three others aimed arrows at a UPDF patrol team.
 
He says on realizing danger, the soldiers acted fast and shot at the warriors killing the deceased forcing his accomplices to flee into hiding. UPDF was able to recover the arrows from the fleeing rustlers suspected to have come from a foiled cattle theft.

The army suspects that the warriors are part of the gang that has been terrorizing areas of Palam and Ngariam Sub counties in Katakwi district. According to Omara, UPDF will not rest till rustling missions into Teso are stopped.

He says the army has of recent intensified foot patrols to curb cattle theft from Teso and advises the rustlers to find other means of survival. Nahaman Ojwee, the Napak Resident District Commissioner says most rustlers have now resorted to using the bow and arrows since guns are scarce.

He advises the youth to engage in agriculture since the weather in Karamoja is conducive. Jimmy Lomokol, a farmer in Irriri Sub County is optimistic that with the intervention the rustlers may stop incursions into Teso. Dozens of cattle rustlers have been killed along the Karamoja -Teso border over cattle theft over the last decade.

 

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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.