Karamojong Vigilante (Uganda)

Country: Uganda
Details of Formation: The group was organised by the military starting in 1995.
Details of Termination: In 1997 they were renamed the Anti-Stock-Theft Unit (ASTU) and placed under the control of the police. Sources suggest that they were transformed into a special unit of the regular security apparatus. However, the Karamojong militia did not cease to exist with this transformation, as this militia remained active until 2000, mainly as a result of the ASTU not being sufficiently effective. Museveni ordered the disarmament of the group in 2000.
Purpose: The militia was mobilised to combat cattle raiding in the north-eastern district of Karamoja. They were able to track down the culprits and return the cows to their rightful owners.
Organisation: The group was under the control of the army.
Weapons and Training: The group is armed with AK47 automatic assault rifles after raiding a government armoury in Karamoja.
Size: The militia comprised around 8,000 members.
Reason for Membership: no information
Treatment of Civilians: no information
Other Information: Also referred to as Karimojong militia.
References: Information was taken from news sources listed in the PGMD