15 Unburied Bodies Of Dead Rustlers Scare Karimojong As They Flee Villages


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Steven Ariong

Kaabong district authority is stuck with 15 dead bodies still littering at Kalotwe village in Lolelia sub county. The 15 Karimojong rustlers of Kotido district were gunned down on Wednesday night during a two hour clash with the UPDF soldiers.

The rustlers whose number still unknown had gone to raid animals in the kraal but they found the security well prepared for them. Mr.Jackson Moru one of the residents of Kalotwe village said the rustlers engaged the army for almost two hours.

He said although 15 were killed but others managed to drive away 50 heads of cattle towards Kotido district.

“This one of the deadliest fight between Karimojong and UPDF since the 3rd phase of disarmament was launched on 17th of July 2021,”he said.


Mr. Jino Meri the district chairperson said he was trying to mobilise for the wheel loarder  for collecting the bodies and bury them in a mass grave.

“Am looking for fuel to see how to use the wheel loarder to collect those bodies from the Kraal and bury them,” he said.

He noted that some families have already started migrating out of the place where the incident took place fearing dead bodies.

“You know in the Karimojong culture,a dead body is something so scary from them so they dont want to get associated with it,” he said.

Brig. Joseph Balikudembe the 3rd division commander confirmed the incident but didn’t tell how many rustlers or soldiers got injured.

He said one gun was recovered from the rustlers and called upon the leaders in Karamoja to play their role by discouraging the youth from carrying out criminality.

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