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Leaders warned against interfering with arrest of criminals

(Last Updated On: 25 December 2023)

Amudat | Leaders have been cautioned against pressurizing security to release suspects arrested for committing offences.

The notice was issued by 3 Division Commander Major General Don Nabasa, who said on several occasions some leaders had called him pleading for the release of criminals from whom guns had been recovered.

Maj Gen Don had a meeting with joint security forces and leaders from Amudat district and West Pokot of Kenya over the surge in insecurity.

The meeting was held in Amudat on December 23, 2023.

Maj Gen Don meeting leaders in Amudat. A 3 Divison photo.

He observed that the insecurity in the district followed the killing of civilians, loss of livestock and killing of soldiers in an ambush by Pokot warriors in August 2023 while they (soldiers) were tracking the raided livestock.

The Pokot community through their leaders were reminded to take advantage of the Presidential amnesty and voluntarily hand over the guns in their possession or face the wrath of security.

The 3 Division commander further noted that the herders are free to graze their animals provided they are not armed.

Lobot Joseph Nangole is the LC5 Chairperson of Amudat. He noted that the district had been peaceful until herders started migrating from neighbouring districts in search of water and pasture.

Nangole expressed concern over the porous border with Kenya which makes it hard to track and recover raided animals once they cross to Kenya.

Titus Lotee, Kenyan MP, Kacheliba Constituency said his community is ready to be at loggerheads with the government and appealed to security to allow both the Pokot of Kenya and Uganda to graze their cows freely in Uganda.

RDC of Nakapiripirit, Okurut John Michael, acknowledged resource sharing with Pokot from Amudat but reiterated the need for respect of territorial integrity by some Kenyans and the need to demarcate or regulate the grazing areas by the two governments of Uganda and Kenya.

Okurut noted that there is a need for West Pokot security to attend the security meetings given that some warriors killed during raids were putting on Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) uniforms.

Source: Maj Moses Amuya, Acting Public Information Officer, 3 Division

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