#URN: Henry Okello Oryem, the Foreign Affairs State Minister and Chua East County Member of parliament wants the army to kill suspected Karimojong cattle rustlers who make incursions into his constituency to steal livestock.
According Oryem, there shouldn’t be any excuse for shooting the people who are complicating life for his electorate.
This stems from a wave of livestock thefts in Chua East County in Kitgum district which Oryem says is a threat to the peace and livelihood of his voters who are being impoverished since they rely on livestock for survival through ploughing their gardens.
Suspected Karimajong cattle rustlers have severally invaded several villages in Orom and Namukora sub counties in Kitgum district over the past one month and made off with unspecified number of animals.
The Kitgum Resident District Commissioner, William Komakech had initially told our reporter that they are investigating claims that Local Defense Unit deserters in Karamoja could be behind the new wave of cattle thefts.
He however says they have stepped up deployment of military personnel in hotspots along the border with Karamoja sub region in a bid to avert any further incursion by the suspected cattle rustlers.
According to Komakech, a resident of Orom sub county succumbed to injuries he sustained in an attack by suspected cattle rustlers last week.
He also revealed that soldiers killed two cattle rustlers adding that they are now investigating and profiling suspected collaborators who are colluding with the rustlers.