The Deputy Chief of Defence Forces Lt. Gen. Peter Elwelu has urged leaders in Karamoja sub-region to work together with the government to pacify the region.
“The region has plenty of resources that can be profitably exploited for the benefit of all Ugandans,” Elwelu said.
“With the restoration of peace in Karamoja, the region will reap from the enormous government programmes aimed at lifting people from poverty,” Elwelu noted with concern while addressing local leaders over the weekend.
Brig. Gen. Joseph Balikuddembe, the commander of the UPDF Third Infantry Division said that the region is peaceful except for the escalating cattle thefts that have kept the region under developed.
Gen. Elwelu also cautioned residents to stop cattle theft, witch craft and alcoholism if they want economic emancipation.
Gen. Balikuddembe called upon local authorities to embrace government programs in the area, most especially those aimed at securing the region.