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Karimojong warrior commander jailed

By Vision Reporter

Added 25th November 2009 03:00 AM

A Karimojong warrior commander has been sentenced to nine years in prison for unlawful possession of firearms.
Prosecution led by Capt. Greens Nuwagaba told court that the warrior, Oumo Lokeris, alias Lokuru Lomuge, also fought with the UPDF in sever

By Olandason Wanyama

A Karimojong warrior commander has been sentenced to nine years in prison for unlawful possession of firearms.
Prosecution led by Capt. Greens Nuwagaba told court that the warrior, Oumo Lokeris, alias Lokuru Lomuge, also fought with the UPDF in several shootouts.

Court heard that during one of the battles, Oumo got an army uniform from a dead UPDF soldier and escaped with it into the wilderness.

Oumo, 34, from the Dodoth ethnic group, commanded raids against the Toposa in Sudan and the Turkana in Kenya, as well as the Jie in Kotido district.

Court was told that he attempted to kill his father, who tried to advise him against criminal activities.

He was also accused of leading a group of raiders who include Kamol Lopech, Lokim Lokapel and Lokirise, all from Kaabong district.
He has also been living in the wilderness for a long time. However, towards August, Oumo was found with a loaded gun in Nangomoet village in Kaabong district.

He denied the charges but prosecution produced four witnesses.

The court also sentenced another six warriors to prison terms ranging from two to six years. Notable, among them was Mariko Lomere, who was given six years for making his own gun.

Another five warriors were cautioned and set free due to their advanced age and mitigating factors presented by their defence lawyer, Lt. Dan Madaba.

Four UPDF soldiers were dismissed from service and three detained over desertion and failure to protect war materials.

Karimojong warrior commander jailed

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