The leader of opposition political party, National Unity Platform (NUP) Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine says grave atrocities are being committed on the people of Karamoja Sub-region for the reason that they overwhelmingly supported him.

Kyagulanyi made the remarks last week while addressing the Geneva Summit for Human Rights.

“It is important for me to highlight that as we speak, the mineral-rich region of Karamoja is facing bombardment, hundreds of extra judicial killings are ongoing, houses are being burnt and women are being raped,” alleged Kyagulanyi.

“All that is that is because the region supported us overwhelmingly and is facing the wrath of the military which is commanded by the son of General Museveni (Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba),” he added.

However, on Sunday, Faruk Kirunda the Deputy Presidential Press Secretary, dismissed Kyagulanyi’s allegations saying they lack any basis of truth.

“Bobi Wine is telling complete lies. Security agencies in Karamoja are fighting armed rustlers who have terrorised the region, killing innocent people and stealing their animals. This problem existed before NUP,” noted Kirunda on Sunday.

Almost every week, hundreds of animals are reported stolen across the Karamoja even after the army reinforced deployment in October 2021 to deter the criminals feared to have over 500 guns, illegally.

The country has in the recent couple of weeks witnessed deadly attacks on civilians and security in Karamoja, all blamed on armed cattle rustlers.

As such, the army recently announced that they had halted diplomat means to put an end to such criminal acts after a long time of pleading.

“My Karimojong brothers! We have begged you to stop the life of robbery and violence. We have begged you to stop attacking your neighbours but to no avail!” Lt Gen Muhoozi, the UPDF Commander of Land Forces said on Twitter.

“You have refused all our appeals! Well, now we are coming and hell is coming with us!” the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) land forces commander Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba warned.

Last week, former Jie County MP, Adome Bildad, told Plus News that it is actually soldiers who are stealing cattle from the locals.

“The intolerance of the UPDF is going out of hand. Imagine killing people on camera, men being castrated infront of their women and being burnt amidst excessive cattle theft by soldiers,” Former Jie County MP, Adome told Plus News.

“We surely have to fight for Karamoja together and have the world know what the junta is doing here. Minerals being taken everyday, young mothers being raped and killed, sorghum granaries burnt, and still government says the situation is calm. Karamoja isn’t suffering from the ignorance of her people but by the irony of the UPDF and government,” he added.

This news website couldn’t independently verify Adome’s allegations and our efforts to get a comment from the UPDF hit a dead end since the telephone contact of the UPDF spokesperson was out of reach by press time.

In 2019, government started mapping of the areas in the Karamoja region that may hold substantial deposits of gold, copper and other lucrative minerals.

At the end of the exercise, the government hopes to have confirmed the various minerals that exist in the area, their location and the estimated size of deposits.

About three weeks ago, the joint security forces operation, code named “Usalama Kwa Wote” against illegal guns and ammunitions in Karamoja sub-region recovered of 17 illegal guns and also arrested 1,724 warriors out of which 316 have been prosecuted.

According to security forces, the cordon and search intelligence-led operations against the possession of illegal guns and livestock theft in Karamoja intends to restore peace since they have developed capacity to effectively fight the warriors.

The Commandant of the Anti-Stock Theft Unit (ASTU) in Karamoja Elias Kasirabo said the security forces will continue to put out of action any enemies of peace in the sub-region irrespective of the changing tactics from the warriors.

The operation has also recovered 170 illegal riffles, 2,232 rounds of ammunition and 15,558 stolen cattle since its inception in July 2021.

It is also alleged that the warriors resorted to using poisonous bows and arrows as alternative weapons during livestock raids in Kotido, Moroto and Nakapilipilit districts.

‘Usalama Kwa Wote’ loosely translated as ‘Peace for All’ aims at the total restoration of peace and security in Karamoja sub-region.

Kungu Al-Mahadi Adam is an experienced Ugandan multimedia Journalist with a background of fact checking and thorough research. He is very passionate about current African affairs particularly Horn of Africa. He...

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