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Army Concerned With More Illegal Guns Entering Karamoja

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By Steven Ariong

KARAMOJA: The Uganda People’s Defense Forces commanders in Karamoja have revealed that rearmament was still going in Karamoja despite their massive operations against illegal  guns in the region.

This was revealed on Wednesday  by Second in command of the 3rd division of the army Brig Felix  Busizoori during a joint security  end of the year press conference in Moroto.

Brig Busizoori said during their launch of disarmament operation on 17th of July 2021, there expectation was to collect 500 guns estimated to be in the hands of the Karimojongs, but they have collected more than 500 guns  and they still collecting guns from the Karimojong an indication that there still many guns in the region.


He said the  intelligence has discovered that although they keep on removing guns, but the rustlers also keep on rearming themselves with the help of Turkana pastoralists of Kenya and Toposa of South Sudan.

“We are now turning to deal vigorously with the porous borders of Karamoja, South Sudan and Kenya where these guns come from,” he said.


Joel Napakol one of the peace crusader in Moroto said government needs to go deep to understand why the appetite of a gun still in the mindset of the Karimojongs.

“The challenge I have with government is that, its focus is to remove a gun, but not to understand why the Karimojongs are not about to give up with acquiring guns,” he said.

Some Of The illegeal Guns Paraded To The Media At Moroto Army Barracks- PHOTO BY STEVEN ARIONG

Moris Nangiro another peace actor appealed to government  to fulfill some of the pledges they made to the armed rustlers who handed over their guns.

“To me government is also not honest to honor its pledges, because the rustlers who handed over their guns had expected to be supported by government as it had promised but up to now nothing has been done and what do you think that idle man can do,” he asked.

Grace Nachap a resident of Campswahil juu in Moroto Municipality said government needs to introduce entrepreneurship skills for the reformed rustlers so that they minds are occupied.

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