KARAMOJA SUB-REGION: Muslims in the Karamoja sub-region mostly prayed for peace as they marked Eid el Fitr. The sub-region has been enveloped in insecurity and hunger for several months as so-called warriors raid people for cattle and ambush vehicles to rob.
According to Hajji Mohamed Akida Lokure, the district khadi of the Karamoja Muslim council, the holy month of Ramadhan is meant to unite Muslims, embrace peace, and, most importantly, reform from bad deeds.
Akida said since the Ramadhan has made them reform, the congregation should continue praying and working together for peace in the region.
Akida said that life in Karamoja is harsh due to habitual cattle raiding and chronic food insecurity despite government interventions to save the situation.
“We pray for Allah’s intervention in Karamoja problems where lives and destruction of livelihoods have become a way of life, when the number of animals within the community declines.” Akida said.
He prayed for a quick restoration of peace so that people could engage in agriculture while the rain is still there.
Ismail Loduk, a member of a Muslim family in Nakapelimen village ward in the south division of Moroto municipality, said that this holy month of Ramadhan has taught him so many lessons, which include sharing, unity, care, love, and peace in the community.
Loduk vowed to lead the Muslim community by example, by moving to the kraals to sensitise the community to stop bloodshed but instead embrace peace.
He called upon all the religious leaders across Karamoja to offer a prayer and fast for the attainment of peace and stability in the region.
Muslims in Moroto municipality began their celebration with special early morning prayers in various mosques across the region and moved on to feasts and festivities.