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Suspected Karamojong rustlers kill one in Agago

(Last Updated On: 3 September 2022)

In 2021, the government proposed to increase gun licensing fees from Shs150, 000 to Shs5 million for private gun owners according to the 2017/2018 financial year budget estimates.


By Regina Lalam Olal

Agago – September 3, 2022: Two people were shot by the suspected Karamojong cattle rustlers on Wednesday, August 30, 2022.

The crime took place in Adilang sub-county, Agago district.

The deceased was identified as Okech George. He died on spot after bullets landed on his chest and mouth, respectively.

His wife, Alice Aciro was still in critical condition on Wednesday and Saturday, September 3.

LC3 chairperson of Adilang sub-county, Okwir Mohamed, confirmed the crime, and said the “killing happened at 9:00 pm.”

 Okwir also revealed that five heads of cattle were rescued that same evening.

Adilang sub-county is one of the bordering sub-counties in Lira Kato, Omiyapacwa, Laperebong and Lapono in Agago.

 It [Adilang] is ever the most affected area in East Acholi.

The above sub-counties have recorded a total of 30 deaths related to suspected-Karamojong raids within a period of three months. Dozens of animals have been stolen.

Gun violence and finding remedies 

In 2021, the government proposed to increase gun licensing fees from Shs150, 000 to Shs5 million for private gun owners according to the 2017/2018 financial year budget estimates.

The development was communicated by the then State Minister for Planning David Bahati while appearing before the Parliamentary Budget Committee.

This follows an increase in gun-related crimes in the country with the most recent being the murder of AIGP Felix Kaweesi, his driver and bodyguard by armed, according to Gun Policy

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