Security Forces Return Livestock as Turkana Surrender Weapons in Moroto

Moroto District | THE BLACK EXAMINER | A joint security team in Uganda recently returned 91 cows and 12 donkeys to Turkana pastoralists after they surrendered two guns to the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) in Moroto District. This exchange followed an encounter between the 403 Infantry Brigade and armed Turkana herdsmen in the Naput area along the Uganda-Kenya border in late September 2023.

During this encounter, the Turkana retreated to their territory, leaving behind 91 cattle and 12 donkeys. They were given a condition by security commanders to surrender the guns they had used in exchange for the return of their livestock.

Col Richard Obura Kidega, representing the 3 Division Commander, stated that the Turkana authorities are required to hand over the killers of geologists to their Ugandan counterparts for prosecution and justice. He emphasized that Executive Order No.3 of 2023 and directives on operations against armed nomadism issued by the President of Uganda, H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, are still in effect, and the joint security forces are committed to implementing them.

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On October 4, 2023, the Turkana, led by community elder Mr. Nyilimo Nakuon, brought two guns, which were received on October 11 by senior security leaders in Moroto. Hon Koryang David, Chairperson of Moroto District Local Government, expressed gratitude to the UPDF for returning the livestock to the Turkana and commended the Turkana for complying with the conditions to surrender their guns. He urged the Turkana to respect the laws of Uganda and encouraged them to collaborate in locating the killers of the geologists, who are believed to be at large.

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The Kenya Liaison Officer to Uganda, Maj Abdullah Kalicha, noted that Kenyan authorities continue to search for the geologists’ killers. He emphasized that Turkana County authorities would continue to educate pastoralists about the dangers of gun trafficking.

The ceremony was attended by local leaders, senior military officers, and members of the community from both Uganda and Turkana County.

On March 22, 2023, three Ugandan geologists, along with two UPDF soldiers, were violently killed in an ambush while conducting routine mapping in Moroto District.

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