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“There was a time when cattle wrestling in the sub region simply necessitated a military response,” he said while addressing press in Mbuya.
“We think now that where the situation has reached, it’s more of a question of law and order. The theft of the cattle in the area is at the same level as in Rushere or anywhere else and so we believe that the police can carry on from here,” he said.
UPDF commenced a forceful disarmament exercise in February 2002 in the area which was engulfed by insecurity and untold suffering at the hands of people in possession of arms earlier been handed to them by government to fight insurgencies in the sub region.
This followed the expiry of a two-month ultimatum by president Museveni to voluntarily hand in the arms or face the wrath of the law.
Despite camping in the area for about a month, the Karamajong remained unbothered by the president’s orders, and by the close of the deadline, only less than a quarter of the 40,000 arms had been returned.
The guns were mainly being used by the Karamajong to raid, terrorise their neighbours and steal their cattle and other belongings.
It is said that in that year, about 80,000 people were displaced to protected camps in the district of Katakwi alone.
Police was not initially allowed to take part in the disarmament programme but did not match the strength of the armed Karamajong.
Gen Katumba said this morning that having contained the situation in the region, the army would now leave the interior and concentrate on securing the borders.
“This is because we know that while majority of the communities are unarmed and harmless; their neighbours, the Pokots and Turkana in Kenya have not been disarmed.”
“We will therefore, remain on the borders, only to protect our people from external infiltration from the neighbours,” he noted.