UPDF officer shot dead by suspected Karimojong rustler
Last Updated on: 18th February 2022, 09:40 pm
By Hope Owiny Ochero.
Abim – February 18, 2022: Suspected Karimojong cattle rustler[s] shot an officer belonging to the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) in Abim district.
The incident happened at midnight in Odolo village, Katabok parish, Morulem sub-county.
The deceased, identified as Wilberforce Okecho, was part of the team from Kotido tracking the stolen animals from Abim.
The deceased and the team had had a stop-over in Odolo to spend a night before they could proceed to Nyakwae the next day.
Nyakwae is where they are attached to.
The Abim Resident District Commissioner (RDC) confirmed the incident to TND News on Friday in a phone interview.
“The team responded to fight the cattle rustlers who had attacked a village to raid animals,” he added.
According to the RDC, the rustlers, whose numbers he didn’t disclose, reportedly shot Okecho.
He was rushed to Morulem Health Centre III from where he died shortly before being referred to Abim General Hospital.
Last month, suspected Karimojong warriors also shot dead an ASTU personnel a few minutes to midnight while she was manning a checkpoint in Nakwanamor, Kotido district.