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Uganda, Africa: On Thursday, the Ugandan Joint Security panel, led by the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Moroto, Wopuwa George William, obtained two guns from the Turkana County administration in Kenya.

The two guns were used by unidentified armed Turkana and Matheniko criminal elements on March 21, 2022, to kill three Ugandan geologists and two UPDF soldiers in the Kubebe area, Lotisan Sub-County, Moroto District.

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On Thursday, the Moroto RDC confirmed himself that they received the two guns from Kenyan authorities and also urged strengthening security cooperation between Uganda and Kenya to pursue regional peace and security.

According to Wopuwa, “we must imitate and execute the bilateral relations that have consistently been demonstrated by the Heads of State of both Uganda and Kenya.

Jeremiya Ekamais Lomekuri, Member of Parliament for Loima Constituency in Kenya, apologised to the Ugandan government for the lives lost due to criminality.

He noted that security issues are susceptible, especially at cross border points and called for technological and functional interventions to promote the peaceful co-existence of both communities.

Brig Gen Joespeh Balikuddembe, Commander of the UPDF 3rd Division, requested additional intervention from Kenyan officials.

He highlighted the point that “You must work tirelessly, arrest the perpetrators of criminality and charge them in courts of law.

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He stated that current bilateral relations only permit cross-border grazing if the pastoralists are unarmed and non-violent. He demanded that strict measures be taken to prevent criminals from re-arming themselves.

Meanwhile, Mr Tirop Timothy, the Deputy County Commissioner for Loima, promised complete dedication to the hunt for the prime suspects who actively participated in the murder of innocent Ugandans during cattle raids.

Moreover, they stated that our heads are in the corridor to dig out and arrest these criminals who are still at large; all we can do is cooperate and coordinate for this noble course.

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