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Katakwi Attack; Army Arrests Seven Karamojongs

Among the arrested is Mr Phillip Logir, the LC1 Chairman for Lokameta village in Poron sub county.

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The Uganda People’s Defence Forces [UPDF] has arrested seven people believed to have been the masterminds behind the attack of three villages along the Teso- Karamoja borderline, in Ongongoja sub county, Katakwi district. 

The raid which took place on the night of 12th May, 2020 at the three villages of Okameta, Oburatum and Akou-Etom, left up to a tune of 570 people living in displacement at Ongongoja Primary School, and the sub county. 

 

The seven [all Karamojong], were arrested by the UPDF 3rd Division Commander, Brig Gen Joseph Balikuddembe, during a security meeting held on Saturday 16th May, 2020, at the border village of Lokameta, in Poron sub county- Napak district. 

During the meeting, the commander told the two communities that the UPDF will immediately deploy troops at Lokameta village and a detach will be created. He presented Lietenant Frank Kyazze as the commader for the detach that will be set up as a sustainable measure to solve the unending security problem in the area. 

“I am going to arrest even leaders whose people will be involved in raids,” warned the General.

It should be remembered that in 2019, Gen Balikuddembe gave a “shoot to kill order” of Karamojong and Turkana cattle rastlers in Karamoja region.

Gen Balikuddembe is more famous for the operation he led against Al-Shabab as a battle group commander for Group X1 in Somalia in 2013.

He was also the UPDF Overal Operation Lightening Thunder against the Lords Resistance Army [LRA] in the Central African Republic in 2011/12.

Meanwhile, the Usuk County MP, who is also the Minister of State for Information, Communications Technology and National Guidance, Peter Ogwang, sounded a serious warning to radio stations that influence conflicts in the two regions.

Minister Peter Ogwang, addressing locals during a security meeting in Lokameta village, Palam sub county- Napak district. COURTESY PHOTO

According to the Minister, the media ought to preach Peace and co-existence between the communities but not violence.

Ogwang however strongly called upon the two communities to embrace living in harmony since they have a common history.

The locals agreed to give land for the establishment of a functional Police station and an army detach.

Also read: https://www.aica.co.ug/2020/05/15/over-500-people-stranded-after-karamojong-attack-in-katakwi/

 

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Noah Omuya

Noah Omuya is the founder and CEO of Aica Communications LTD, a Company that currently runs an online news publication (www.aica.co.ug) with a plan of beginning to print Magazines and a newspaper in Ateso language in 2020. He is a Media challenge Fellow- class of 2019 and he has specialized training in writing, strategic and multimedia communication, mainstream and online journalism from the Media challenge fellowship and Kampala International University, where he pursued his Bachelors of Mass Communication. At the age of 18, Omuya was a train-on-job employee with Joshua 93.5 FM where he acquired a three years’ demonstrable experience in broadcast media, content development, public relations and, marketing and promotions strategies for private businesses, public entities and non-profit organizations, as well as engaging with traditional media. He scooped a Media Challenge award for the best feature essay writer of the year 2018. He was also first runner up for the refugee broadcast story of the year, and second runner up for radio feature story teller. The Media Challenge Award qualified him to be part of the Media Challenge Fellowship, where he has got intensive training in solutions journalism, political reporting, investigative reporting, youth participatory radio, multimedia journalism, and data journalism. At the fellowship, he has been trained by international celebrated journalists from BBC, CNN, Reuters, AFP, NBS Tv, UBC Tv, NTV, New Vision, Daily Monitor among other recognized institutes. He also has hands-on experience in research, in different private organizations in Uganda; experience in media relations with regular assignments in field reporting, marketing and public relations.

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