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VP Alupo in Karamoja

Vice President Alupo Calls for Calm in Karamoja

by Max Pat
posted onApril 14, 2022

The Vice President Jessica Alupo, also Katawki Woman MP has appealed for calm from locals, as government addresses the isolated pockets of armed cattle rustling in Karamoja sub region.

The Vice President was speaking in Abim- Karamoja, where she launched construction works for valley dams for Karamoja sub region. She urged the Ministry of Agriculture officials to focus more on the region citing the search for water for livestock as one of the main causes of nomadic pastoralism resulting to these insecurity incidences in the region.

“When we have valley dams established permanently, nomadic pastoralism is reduced hence cutting down on incidences of insecurity,” Alupo said. The Vice President was addressing the audience which included Ministers of Agriculture, RDCs and district Chairpersons from Karamoja region as well as local leaders and the community from Abim.

Her remarks came as local leaders said armed rustlers were their biggest threat. Alupo assured them that peace and stability is an ingredient of development and a core value of the NRM and she assured them of government’s commitment to defeat the cattle rustlers.

“So please remain calm," she said adding that strategic deployments had already been made in areas which are prone to cattle rustlers and their routes. The VP also said the people of Karamoja are peaceful people but its a few isolated criminal elements who should be singled out by the armed forces.

She emphasized that government is doing everything possible to ensure that cattle rustling are stopped. She also gave assurances from His Excellency Gen YK Museveni the President of Uganda and Commander in Chief, who she said, was scheduled to visit Karamoja region in the days ahead to address the situation.

Meanwhile, Parliament will today, Thursday receive and debate a motion for a resolution of parliament urging government to “immediately stop cattle rustling and restore peace, security and stability in the sub regions of Teso, Lango, Acholi, Karamoja , Bugisu and Sebei.”

The motion will be moved by Anthony Esenu, Kapelebyong County MP and seconded by Faith Nakut (Napak Woman MP), Evelyn Chemutai (Bukwo Woman MP), Andrew Koluo (Toroma County MP) and Paul Omara (Otuke County MP).

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