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24 K’jong killed in raids

By Vision Reporter

Added 18th December 2003 03:00 AM

TWENTY-FOUR pastoralists were on Tuesday night killed and 17 others injured in two inter-clan raids in Moroto district

TWENTY-FOUR pastoralists were on Tuesday night killed and 17 others injured in two inter-clan raids in Moroto district

By Nathan Etengu

TWENTY-FOUR pastoralists were on Tuesday night killed and 17 others injured in two inter-clan raids in Moroto district.

Moroto internal security officer Lt. Richard Oseku said 1,052 head of cattle and 300 goats and sheep were lost during the raids.

He said the first raid took place at Lotirir village in Nadunget sub-county when the Pian and Bokora Karimojong stole more than 300 head of cattle from the Matheniko.

“The raiders killed six people and injured 13 others who were admitted to Moroto hospital,” Oseku said.

He, however, said eight of the rustlers were killed during the attack. He said the stolen cattle had by yesterday not been recovered.

Oseku said another raid took place at Lopei and more than 700 head of cattle and about 300 goats and sheep were raided by the Matheniko and Jie Karimojong from the Bokora. He said the cattle were raided from the villages of Lomuria, Lomowal and Lokore.

He added that two ethnic Bokora were killed and four others injured and eight raiders were killed during the attack.

Oseku said the raids followed those in which several animals were stolen from either the Bokora or the Matheniko.

The UPDF recently confiscated about 2,000 head of cattle from the Pian and Bokora Karimojong to compensate for the lives of the people killed by the raiders in Katakwi district. Nakapiripirit district leaders however complained that the method used by the government to compensate for the lives lost was unfair.

“It is unfair for the UPDF to confiscate cattle from innocent people to compensate for the lives of those killed by warriors. They should have apprehended the wrong doers according to the law,” John Lorot, the district chairman said.

24 K’jong killed in raids

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