Museveni orders UPDF to shoot armed Turkana, Pokot

He said the Uganda government spent time pacifying Karamoja region and nobody should interfere with the prevailing peace in the region. Museveni said when Uganda government launched the disarmament exercise in Karamoja it made several calls for Kenya to join. He said if Kenya has not disarmed its pastoralists, Uganda will not waste time with pastoralists crossing into Uganda with guns. “The Turkana and the Pokot pastoralists can graze their livestock in Uganda as long as they don’t have guns but if they cross with guns, Uganda will not waste time with them,we will give them a horizontal arrangement,”

President Museveni has directed the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Force (UPDF) to shoot any Kenya Turkana and Pokot pastoralists entering Uganda with guns. The president made the directive during the celebrations of Tarehe Sita at Naitakwae Playground in Nadunget SubCounty, Moroto district.
He said the Uganda government spent time pacifying Karamoja region and nobody should interfere with the prevailing peace in the region. Museveni said when Uganda government launched the disarmament exercise in Karamoja it made several calls for Kenya to join.

He said if Kenya has not disarmed its pastoralists, Uganda will not waste time with pastoralists crossing into Uganda
with guns.
“The Turkana and the Pokot pastoralists can graze their livestock in Uganda as long as they don’t have guns but if they cross with guns, Uganda will not waste time with them, we will give them a horizontal arrangement,” he said.
In 2013, more than 4,000 Kenyan pastoralists crossed to Karamoja with about 90,000 of their heads of cattle after
drought hit Turkana.
Tarehe Sita refers to February 6, 1981 when Museveni launched the five-year guerrilla war that ended with January 26, 1986 capture of power. The celebrations of this year under theme: “celebrating the integration of Karamoja into the national economy” were attended by guests from Kenya,Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan and Sudan.






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