Residents of Matany and Lokopo sub-counties in Moroto district have deserted their homes following persistent attacks by suspected Jie warriors. â€œWe no longer sleep in our villages for fear of looting our property and food,â€ Maria Nate, a resident, told The New Vision on Saturday.
Nate said the suspected warriors go to the settlements armed with guns and take property at gunpoint. She urged the Government to provide security in the villages.
The chairman of the Karamoja parliamentary group, Sam Abura Pirir, said: â€œThe UPDF should design a programme that can enable the residents spend nights in their homes.â€ Pirir commended the army for the ongoing disarmament exercise, but said the residents needed more protection from those still armed.
The resident district commissioner, Nahaman Ojwee, urged the communities to be vigilant while going about their daily work. â€œReport suspicious elements to security,â€ he said.
Ojwee condemned the perpetrators of the crimes, saying they were back-tracking the Government achievements. â€œWhat we are looking at in Karamoja is development, which should benefit everybody,â€ he said.
Moroto residents flee homes over attacks