Gunmen Torch Shops In Kaabong

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Jimmy Tuko, the Kidepo Regional Crime Desk officer could neither deny nor confirm the incidences when contacted by URN.

Six gun wielding men have looted and torched two shops in Kaabong district. The incident occurred on Tuesday night at Nariamoe village in Kathile Sub County, a few Kilometers to the Uganda-Kenya border.
Joseph Midi Komol, the Kaabong District Chairperson confirms the attack on the village saying gunmen have gone on rampage terrorizing residents. He explains that after shooting Dada Rose Romano, the Karenga sub county chief on Monday the gunmen retreated to Nariamoe village causing mayhem.
He says the assailants looted property from the neighboring shops and food from households. Komol appeals to the Uganda Peoples’ Defense forces to heighten their surveillance so as to curb the new wave of insecurity that has hit the district. 

Jimmy Tuko, the Kidepo Regional Crime Desk officer could neither deny nor confirm the incidences when contacted by URN. He only said that he was aware about the attack on the sub county chief who was injured by unknown gunmen on Monday night. Telespar Turyamumanya, the 5th UPDF Division Public relation officer says converting post conflicts issues is not easy adding that, what is needed now is mental disarmament among the people.

He notes that what is left in the area is police work since the offenses are criminal in nature. He however adds that incase police wants reinforcement they can still call for UPDF adding that, their intelligence team is on the ground monitoring the situation.


About the author

Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.