Suspected Pokot Rustlers Fight UPDF At Border

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Suspected Pokot rustlers on Tuesday morning stole over 65 heads of cattle in Natapara-akwangan village, Loputuk parish in Nadunget sub-county in Moroto district.

Gunfire rocked Nasal village on Tuesday morning as Uganda People's Defence Forces battled suspected Pokot cattle raiders inside Moroto district. 

However, no casualties have been reported in the fight that took place at the Uganda-Kenya border.

Suspected rustlers on Monday night stole over 65 heads of cattle in Natapara-akwangan village, located in Loputuk parish, Nadunget Sub County in Moroto district, 36 kilometres West of Moroto town.

The UPDF engaged the rustlers and recovered 32 animals during the fire exchange.
The in-charge of 3rd Division UPDF Civil Military Relations, Capt. Dominic Logwe confirmed the raiders had engaged the UPDF soldiers.

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The LC 3 chairperson for Nadunget sub-county, Max Lokabenyan condemns the raid saying it depicts a resumption of cattle raids. He urges the UPDF to strengthen deployment at the Uganda-Kenya border to stop such attacks in the future.
Irene Aceng, the Karamoja Region Police spokesperson tells Uganda Radio Network that police was not aware of the raid. She urges the community to report such cases to security agencies for timely action.

This is the first raid on Moroto district in the last three years.


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.