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Arrow Stuck In Man’s Head After Attack By Karamojong Warriors In Katakwi

A man in Katakwi District is critically injured with an arrow lodged in his forehead after an alleged attack by armed Karimojong warriors on Thursday night, June 14. The attack occurred as he attempted to protect his cattle from being stolen.

Simon Peter Oyuu, a resident of Oteketeke village in Guyaguya sub-county, was wounded while defending his kraal from the invaders. His elder brother, Raphael Ongorok, explained that they transported Oyuu to Katakwi hospital immediately after the attack. However, due to the severity of his injury, medical staff referred them to Soroti Regional Referral Hospital for further treatment.

Upon reaching Soroti, senior surgeons advised transferring Oyuu to Mulago National Referral Hospital for specialized brain treatment. The family managed to raise 1.9 million shillings by selling two animals to facilitate the transfer. Unfortunately, Oyuu has not yet received the necessary medical attention, and the family has exhausted their funds.

Ongorok expressed frustration over the lack of response from security forces and local leadership, describing the situation as painful and dire.

Residents of Oteketeke village attempted to track the suspected warriors, but the trail disappeared. Tom Charles Ongole, the former LC3 of Guyaguya sub-county, noted that the warriors have increased their activities in Katakwi, particularly in areas bordering Karamoja. He highlighted that Oyuu, who leads the local vigilante team against cattle theft, is now fighting for his life.

Ongole also mentioned that their long-standing requests for soldiers at the border points have been ignored, allowing the warriors to continue their attacks.

Albert Ejoku, LC5 councilor representing Guyaguya sub-county, stated that they had received intelligence earlier on Thursday about a planned attack from Napak District. Despite passing this information to security, the attack still occurred that night.

Maj Isaac Oware, the third division spokesperson based in Moroto District, acknowledged the unfortunate incident and wished Oyuu a quick recovery. He assured that joint security forces, in collaboration with local leaders, are actively pursuing the culprits in the Guyaguya area.

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