A Karamoja runner was murdered by members of the local defense unit, who had been expecting to capture a cattle rustler running away from an ambush and thus saw him as an armed intruder.
18-year-old Jorem Egwau was killed Saturday morning while he ran in his hamlet, Lokwamoru, Narisae parish, Lorengedwat town council, Nabilatuk district.
Simon Korobe, a Lokwamoru village local, stated that the recently dead has not been associated with cattle rustlers, and has simply been a mobile money shop owner in Lorengedwat town council.
“Really a shame this man who does his morning run every day gets confused for a livestock thief,” he noted.
Another neighborhood resident, Joyce Anyakun, used the word “jolly” to characterize the dead man, claiming that he had no fights with anyone, describing him as a peaceful, lighthearted person.
“When you need money, he’s there to lend to you,” she stated, explaining that he’s provided assistance to numerous people.
The Karamoja regional police Spokesperson, Micheal Longole, called the incident regrettable and described it.
Longole reported that the man was caught in an LDU trap, and because he was thought to be one of the cattle rustlers, he was targeted and killed.
“When this man went fleeing in Napak, he was spotted by an LDU chasing rustlers. That group didn’t bother to see who he was before they shot him, since they were scared he was an animal rustler,” he added.
Longole told people to stay calm as the police had established a general enquiries file.
A wave of cattle rustling and road ambushes has sprung out in the Karamoja region, which previously enjoyed tranquility for the last 14 years.
Even with President Museveni in the region, livestock rustlers remain terrified of no one and continue to terrorize the region.
President Museveni has met with local government officials and security officers in Karamoja in order to have an understanding of the increase in local insecurity.
A community in Morulinga, an area near to a presidential lodge in Kangole town council, was assaulted by cattle rustlers on Saturday, resulting in the loss of a life and 20 head of cattle.