President Yoweri Museveni camps in Eastern region, Northern region and Karamoja region to tackle the re-insurgence of cattle rustling.
Here is a brief from the first security meeting held on 8th June at state lodge Kapchorwa
● The president met the security organs- UPDF, Police, Astu ,Resident District Commissioners, Internal Security Organisation officers and Uganda Wildlife Authority officials.
Also in attendance was Jessica Alupo the Vice President.
●The President reiterated call for Intelligence led operations.
● He stated that rustlers have changed raid tactics
●Their network involves criminals with guns, bows and arrows, stick-squads, collaborators and suspects.
The President commended security forces for their concept of a reaction force and Intelligence-led operations
● He Noted that cattle rustling is now commercial.
●Called for establishment of police units per sub-county.
●President highlighted the fact tribes in Kenya don’t raid each other because of the effectiveness of the police in those countries.
●Some people like the Jie of Kotido, the Dodoth of Kaabong normally cross over to Kenya especially Nakitong’o areas of Turkana West Succounty and Orumu and they raid cows frequently.
●The Turkana then carry out revenge attacks.
●Raiders are grouped into four five groups: criminals with guns, those with bows and arrows, those with sticks to drive the cows, collaborators and suspects who are in different districts but connected and linking up with the rustlers.
●Some of the identified and profiled include youthful criminal elements.
●Screening started on 16th May 2022.
Since then, 22 guns were recovered within one week from the suspects.
●In the second week, 35 guns were recovered, the third week, 26 guns were recovered.
●Some rustlers take it as a culture and are blessed by fortune tellers totalling to about 700 people who gather in one place Morukajole in Nakapiripirit district where they perform their rituals.
●After meeting security officials, the President will meet regional leaders from Bugisu, Sebei and Teso alongside the security team
●The President will head to Otuke in Lango region and later to Moroto in Karamoja.