By Spy Uganda
Moroto: According to SP Murungi Gad, DPC Napark district, on the 24/12/2020 at 23:30hrs at Kailikong protected kraal, Nakwamoru parish, Lopeei Sub-County, Napark District, an unspecified number of suspected matheniko raiders from Rupa and Nadunget in Moroto District attacked and stole an unspecified number of cattle leaving owners crying foul.
Gad further says that before they took off with the cattle, officers from UPDF responded and killed seven of them whose names are not yet established. The UPDF also recovered five guns from them.
During the fire exchange, four LDU soldiers who operate under UPDF were also shot dead leaving other four injured. The murdered officers included; No Ax035040 LDU Gada, No Ax035232 LDU Wangota Festo, No Ax035040 LDU Wabusaja Isaac and Ax0335150 LDU Okello Moses.
“The scene has been visited by scene of crime officer (Soco), DCID/O and team of other police officers. Bodies have been taken to Moroto regional referral Hospital for postmortem,” said DPC Gad.
There has been massive killings and fights using guns as a result of cattle rustling in northern Uganda specifically amongst Karamajong and neighbouring districts for a couple of decades despite different governments’ efforts to disarm these groups.
The lastest fights erupted earlier this year that saw several Karimojongs killed by Matheniko cattle rustlers who raided parts of Kotido district in January 2020.
Reports indicated that the Matheniko warriors from Kenya who were armed with guns, pangas, bows and arrows attacked a kraal in Kamor village and killed four innocent young boys and injured three, before fleeing with several cattle.