The deputy spokesman of the UPDF Lt Col. Deo Akiki confirms recovering 88 guns, 357 rounds of ammunition, 3114 heads of cattle and arresting 146 cattle wrestlers in their operations held in Karamoja.
The UPDF swang into action in Karamoja in January after receiving information that cattle wrestlers from Turkana in Kenya had attacked in parts of Karamoja to steal cattle.
This wave of attack by the Turkana follows massive disarmament campaigns by the UPDF against the Karimajong which left thousands with no gun.
The Karimajong used to use guns for protection and attacks during cattle wrestling within and outside the region.
The government of Uganda saw it wise to disarm the Karimajong to create peace and stability in the region. Though the government of Kenya declined to do the same act and this has seen the Turkana stage attacks against the Karimajong in Uganda.
In another development, the joint security team in Uganda is finding it hard to effectively stop illegal cross border movements between Ugandan citizens and those from neighboring countries.
Lt.Col Deo Akiki further says, the increased illegal cross border movements are common in porous borders naming Majanji in Busia, areas in Kabale and Kasese as being hard to effectively patrol.
As the security teams design new enforcement measures, the also warn masses to desist from cross over through porous borders.
“Any citizen caught crossing using porous borders will be arrested, quarantined and later face the law.” Says Akiki.