Uganda People’s Defense Forces has recovered four guns in villages in Amudat district along the Uganda-Kenya border during the cordon and search operations.
Ronald Ovon, the spokesperson of the 407 brigade says the weapons were recovered in Looro Sub County, about 130 Kilometres South West of Moroto town. He says they acted on intelligence from settlements lying towards the border.
Ovon identifies the guns as SMG- number 151408, 36-35041, 800118 and 34419. Four suspects who found in possession of the firearms were also picked up during the operation.
They are Paul Lotagok, Lobongwa Lobora, Lomita Olemu and Luke Olupot. According to Ovon, the suspects have been handed over to police for investigations for illegal possession of fire arms.
He advises the communities to handover arms report cases of unlawful possession of arms and ammunition. Denis Omara, the UPDF 3rd Division Spokesperson says Karamoja does not have gun wielding people after a decade of tense disarmament.
He explains that the guns are now being carried by thugs who are conducting cross border cattle thefts. He however, notes that the UPDF and Kenya forces are working on ways to curb the vice.
The Army has also recovered a sub machine that was stolen from Pte. Godfrey Oyet Oketa on August 21, 2014. The soldier lost the gun at 31 battalion detachment in Katikeikile, Looro Sub County in Amudat district while on duty.
The rifle number 56-0280 was found at Kosiroi mining site in the custody of Lokiri Longokori, a resident of Katikeikile sub county on Sunday.
The suspect has also been handed over to the police in Amudat for interrogation. The recovery of these guns brings to 80, the number of guns recovered in Karamoja in the last 32 weeks. Karamoja sub region is comprised of Napak, Moroto and Nakapiripirit districts.