President Yoweri Museveni reveals that the army has successfully recovered all guns previously in the custody of cattle rustlers, assuring the people of Teso that no one will destabilise their peace again.
Museveni who was in Usuk county in Katakwi district, also delivered Shs180m to 38 families who lost their loved ones during the raid by Karimojong cattle rustlers in Ngariam in the early 2000s.
“This can not bring back some body who died but it is simply a condolence message. Now on the 18 people who were injured, I am going to go back and organise something for them,” Museveni said.
“These were innocent people that died while their elected leaders at the time were busy opposing the NRM’s efforts to disarm the aggressors,” Museveni added.
At a separate function, the president attended mass in remembrance of George William Apel, the father to former minister of education and sports, Jessica Alupo.
Eulogising the late, Museveni labeled him a “hero of our time who went over and beyond in his call of duty, paying with his life in the end.”
“This is an example that should be emulated. I am glad that his daughter, Hon Jessica Alupo, has kept her father’s legacy alive.”
The President also called upon the people of Teso region to concentrate on increasing their household income now that peace is prevailing the area.
“The bottom line though is that we have triumphed in the ultimate cause. We have kicked out insecurity in Uganda, and those that opposed us are alive to bear witness.”
“Our concern now is how to improve household income, and not waste time on diversionary issues. I encourage everyone to be involved in an activity that brings an extra income to the household.”
He also assured the Teso fruit farmers that government will soon launching solar powered Irrigation schemes that will supply them with water during dry season in order to sustain constant supply of quality fruits.