The Land Forces commander Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba has said he is ready for talks with Karamojong warriors to end insecurity in the sub-region.
“As for Karamoja, I have received very many messages from my brother Karamajong warriors appealing for peace and reconciliation,” Gen Muhoozi tweeted on Wednesday morning.
“I am the biggest supporter of peace in the world so let us meet and talk,” he added.
His remarks come a day after UPDF said it had killed 20 warriors in the last ten days, bringing to a total of about 309 rustlers put out of action by the army in its Usalama Kwa Wote operation.
Army spokesperson, Brig Gen Felix Kulayigye, said in a Tuesday statement that UPDF has arrested 1,792 warriors of which 360 were prosecuted since the operation started.
The army also recovered 184 guns, 2,352 rounds of ammunition, and 17,186 livestock from the warriors.
The latest operations against the rustlers follows a March 21 incident where three geologists from the Ministry of Energy and two UPDF soldiers were killed in an ambush by suspected Turkana warriors.
Gen Muhoozi on March 26 warned the warriors of grave consequences.
“As Land Forces, we are giving an ultimatum to the Turkana! They were partly responsible for the death of my soldiers (and our geologists) a few days ago! If they do not leave Uganda immediately, they will get what they are looking for! We have warned them!” he said.