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UPDF, Police to Deploy Aircraft to Fight Cattle Raids in Karamoja

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Police and the army have resolved to deploy aircrafts to fight the escalating cattle raids in Karamoja sub region.

This is contained in a joint statement issued by Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga this morning.

Enanga notes that the army and Police resolved to use aircraft as part of the quickest response to counter cattle rustlers.

This comes a day after the Chief of Defense Forces –CDF, Gen David Muhoozi and deputy Inspector General of Police, Maj Gen Stephen Muzeyi Sabiiti held a meeting with police and army commanders in Karamoja sub region.

The two security chiefs accompanied by the Karamoja Affairs Minister, Moses Kizige who pitched camp in Karamoja on Sunday following 31 armed cattle raids, which led to the theft of 903 cows.

Residents complained in various meetings with the security heads that about cross border raids involving raiders from Uganda, Kenya and South Sudan.

This was majorly attributed to the porous border, inadequate police and military presence and gun trafficking.

Other fears include the re-emergence of illegal firearms and hostile alliances among ethnic groups to mention but a few.

Both Muhoozi and Sabiiti assured residents that security agencies will counter the raids and bring the perpetrators to justice.

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