In a successful operation conducted by the joint security forces, twenty-three heads of cattle that were raided on January 9, 2024, have been recovered in the Kalapata Kraals of Kaabong District, Karamoja region.
Mike Longole, the spokesperson for Uganda Police in the Mt. Moroto region, confirmed the news and expressed his gratitude. “We are glad to inform the general public that the twenty-three heads of cattle that were raided on January 9, 2024, at around midnight in Kalapata Kraals, Kaabong District, were recovered by the joint security forces with the help of the local residents from the general areas of Naontosi towards the border with Kenya,” Longole stated.
He further revealed that the cattle raid was orchestrated by individuals from Turkana County in Kenya. These individuals have persistently destabilized peace in the border areas, causing unrest and insecurity.
Longole assured the public that the security forces are committed to protecting them from any external threats. He praised the personnel deployed in Kalapata, Losera, Kamion, and Lotinyam for their excellent work in recovering the stolen cattle.
“As joint security forces, we assure the public of our commitment to protecting them from external aggressors. We salute our personnel deployed in Kalapata, Losera, Kamion, and Lotinyam for the commendable job they are doing,” Longole lauded.
The joint security forces will continue to prioritize the safety of the local residents and their properties. The Turkana people, known as nomadic herders, often move with their cattle in search of grazing areas and water. Unfortunately, they have been involved in cattle raiding and have caused insecurity in the Karamoja region.
To combat these challenges, the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) have actively engaged in operations against the Turkana pastoralists. They aim to alleviate the attacks and raids that have plagued the region. In response to the continued Turkana warrior attacks, UPDF deployed additional troops along the Uganda-Kenya border on October 18, 2023.
With the recovery of the stolen cattle, the joint security forces have taken another step towards restoring peace and security to the Karamoja region. The residents can take solace in knowing that their safety and the protection of their property remain a top priority for the security forces.