DR YEKKO Kween County Kapchorwa Thank you Mr Chairman for allowing me to

Dr yekko kween county kapchorwa thank you mr chairman

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DR YEKKO (Kween County, Kapchorwa): Thank you, Mr Chairman, for allowing me to contribute on this Motion. Well, having listened to what hon. Naburi and others, I have three points to talk about; that is on security, famine and tarmacking roads. About the insecurity, having listened to what hon. Naburi and others have said, my emphasis here will be to elaborate on serious note, on the trends their security has taken place since the beginning of this year. Whereas, from the beginning of this year, people in Kapchorwa have lived in relative peace with our neighbours from Karamoja, from around December to about March this year, and many of you, especially, those from districts who neighbour Karamoja understand that there are negotiations going on to hold a conference on 16th of this month as regarding how to bring security in Karamoja and neighbours. It is regrettable that since April, up to last week on 28th of June, there have been six threats originating from Karamoja region and mainly hitting Kween County where I represent, and over six people have been killed and many others wounded. The last two raids involved the killing of two civilians when they were traveling and were being driven towards Moroto District. And then on the last week on Wednesday another group attacked the LDU Barracks in Kiriki and killed one soldier and they wounded others. It is observed that part of this could be from the withdrawal of NRA who were originally attacked to Mirikajore, just Bunya and Kiriki strong to the escalating security. Well, these places I have mentioned just in Kajore and Kiriki, are for this cattle rustling. And it also doubted whether the Karimojong understand peaceful negotiations. Because you remember that in February as the hon. Member from Soroti has said, His Excellency has given the Karimojong some two weeks to handle over the guns, up to now they have not handed over. And then also at the beginning of this year the Karimojong moved away to neighbouring districts including Kapchorwa, and while they were there, it is found that they never indulge in any cattle rustling again. But since April up to now, they have started raiding. So, I do not think these people will ever understand any peaceful language, I think some other methods we have to use in order to bring peace, is to convince the Karimojong and their neighbours and latest attacks which was last week which was in the LDU Barracks who have no animals seems to indicate that this is a move to complete the delay - the peace negotiations going on. I think the Karimojong want to open, to create a corridor where they can pass without any interference at all. When they want to continue their raids. It is therefore, a constant view of people of Kapchorwa that unless stand measures are taken over by the government, conditions which existed in 1986, and 1987 may arise again. At that time there was total insecurity in the whole area.

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