Yoweri Museveni, the Ugandan president says the ongoing killings in Karamoja caused by cattle rustlers are a small matter that will be dealt with.
President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni has said the ongoing killings in Karamoja caused by cattle rustlers are a small thing that will be dealt with.
“The general security in the country is good. There are a few little things that are easy to deal with, like the cattle rustling in Karamoja, that will be dealt with. Then for the ADF in Congo, your colleagues are dealing with that,” Museveni said.
He made the remarks at the passing out of 6,237 Local Defence Personnel (LDUs) who underwent six months of basic military training at Oliver Tambo Military Training School in Kaweweta, Nakaseke district on Friday last week.
Mr Museveni said at the moment the country is not facing serious security threats save for a few ongoing killings in Karamoja that will also be dealt with.
This, however, comes at a time when for close to three months now, a number of images continue to make rounds on different social media platforms of Ugandans who are murdered in cold blood in the region.
Last month, the UPDF also recovered five dead bodies in Moroto District belonging to three geologists attached to the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development and two Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) soldiers who were attacked by suspected cattle rustlers in the Karamoja sub-region.
The geologists including one intern from Makerere University identified as Edna Musiime was killed alongside two UPDF officers who had accompanied them as they were conducting mineral mapping in the area.
Other victims were Richard Kiggwwe, the lead geologist and his colleague, Charles Olweny. They had been assigned to pick soil samples from Lokisilei village in Lotisan Sub County in Moroto District when they were suddenly attacked about 40 kilometres away from Moroto.
Speaking about this incident, Brig Joseph Balikudembe, the UPDF 3rd division commander said the group was caught unaware and killed by suspected rustlers.
Balikudembe mentioned that the group had hired a translator to accompany them but his words fell on deaf ears as the rustlers continuously fired at them.
He said the translator, however, managed to escape.
“The translator managed to flee to his safety but the geologists being new on the ground had no option but to accept to be killed in cold blood,” Balikudembe explained.