UPDF, Police’s Anti-Stock Theft Unit recapture 41 escapees from Moroto prison

41 of the prisoners who escaped from Moroto Prison have been found and recaptured by the Uganda People’s Defense Forces and the police’s Anti-Stock Theft Unit.

In September 2020, at least 224 inmates—including military disasters, warriors, and other armed suspects—escaped from the Moroto government prison using 14 guards’ personal firearms and wardresses.

Although the escapees who had subsequently joined fighters attacking the villagers for their livestock, sheep, and goats have been apprehended as a result of the current forcible disarmament effort in Karamoja, Sebei, and other regions of Northern Uganda.

The number of recaptured escapees has increased to 134 with nine of the 14 guns seized, according to Mr. Frank Baine, the Uganda Prisons Service Spokesperson, who also confirmed that Solomon Egau, the third mastermind of the escape, was in their custody.

According to Brig Gen. Felix Kulayigye, spokesperson for the UPDF, 654 warriors have been shot and killed during the successful Usalama Kwa Wote operation in the Karamoja region over the past 17 months. Additionally, the troops have detained 21,751 cattle rustlers and recovered 652 guns so far.

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