By Steven Ariong
The Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) soldiers have recovered 214 herds of cattle that the Kotido Jie warriors had raided in Moroto district on Monday.
An unspecified number of Kotido armed cattle rustlers attacked Kobebe grazing area which has thousands of livestock for Matheniko of Moroto and Turkana.
According to the eye witness, the warriors drove away with over 700 herds of cattle belonging the Turkana and the Matheniko pastoralists.
Upon receiving the information about the raid, UPDF soldiers were dispatched and the fight erupted with the warriors.
One UPDF soldier, who was rushed to Matany hospital was hit and injured by the warriors.
Major Peter Mugisa, the UPDF 3rd division spokesperson told the media on Tuesday morning that the warrior was shot dead in Toro hills where they had driven cows to hide.
“Our forces stopped them from entering with the cows to Kotido and were found around Toro hills where they drove animals to hide,” he said.
Major Mugisa said there was no gun recovered adding that those who were armed managed to run away with guns.
He adds that the forces are still following them until the guns are recovered.
The suspect will be produced before the courts of law to answer charges of illegal possession of firearms ones they are arrested.