THE father of the former director of the External Security Organisation (Iso), David Pulkol, was recently abducted by armed Karimojong warriors at Lopei sub-county in Moroto district, reports Joseph Orisa.
Mudong, also the chairman of the Karamoja Peace Initiative, together with the special presidential adviser on disarmament, Lokawa Lote and the UPDF officer in charge of disarmament, Lt. Col. Loumo, were travelling to Lopei for a peace meeting.
Lote said their guards jumped out of the car and started firing at the warriors who were grazing their cattle. He said the warriors shot back and surrounded them.
â€œWe were going to be killed because the warriors were over 20 but by Godâ€™s mercy none of us was hurt,â€ Lote said in Moroto town over the weekend.
He said he and other occupants of the car ran for over 20kms into the bushes with some the warriors in hot pursuit.
He said Loumo remained in the vehicle and was recognised by the warriors, who set him free.
He said Pulkolâ€™s father was caught and taken to Kangole trading centre and kept there for two days.
Pulkolâ€™s father said he was abducted by young Karimojong youths known as Karacuna.
He said the youths could not kill him because it was taboo in the Karimojong culture for the young to kill an elder.
â€œThe Karacuna then took me to be killed by my fellow elders but as soon as we arrived there, the elders recognised me as a peacemaker and my capture turned into a feasting occasion,â€ Mudong said.
Warriors abduct Pulkolâ€™s father