The forceful eviction follows the expiry of an ultimatum issued by both the sub-county leaders and the district security to the pastoralists also known as balalo to vacate the sub-county by October 1st.
The pastoralist had settled in Pinymunu village in Pajimo Parish after their arrival with 35 heads of cattle for fattening from Ngora District on September 12 this year.
The leadership of Labongo Akwang Sub-county in Kitgum District on Friday forcefully escorted on foot three pastoralists
along with their cattle out of their area to the neighbouring Lamwo district.
The forceful eviction follows
the expiry of an ultimatum issued by both the sub-county leaders and the
district security to the pastoralists also known as balalo to vacate the sub-county by October 1.
The pastoralist had settled in Pinymunu village in Pajimo
Parish after their arrival with 35 head of cattle for fattening from Ngora
District on September 12 this year.
The Labongo Akwang Sub County Chairperson
Mark Rubangakene says the pastoralists had become defiant to vacate the area
forcing a team of local leaders to escort them out of their settlements.
//cue in: “joni kine ka…
Cue out:…mako yoo palabek”//
Rubangakene says the pastoralists
were first issued with animal travel permits from the district veterinary officer before
being allowed to proceed to Lamwo District via Kitgum-Palabek road.
Kitgum Resident District
Commissioner William Komakech says the pastoralists hadn’t informed security in
the district of their planned entry to fatten their animals. He noted that a
two weeks’ ultimatum that was issued elapsed on Friday adding that despite a plea
from some of the locals to extend some grace period, they chose to have the pastoralists
//cue in: “Balalo odonyo i…
Cue out:…omito gi oa.”//
Benon Eric Kizza, one of the
pastoralists however faults some of the politicians in the sub-county for going
against an agreement made between him and a landowner allowing them to graze
their land until November this year.
Last week, the Chua West Member
of Parliament Philip Okin Ojara threatened to mobilize his locals to kill
cattle belonging to the balalo herdsmen should they fail to vacate the area by the
start of this month. Security however
cautioned him against inciting the locals and instead advised him to use
dialogue to see their peaceful eviction.
In 2018, hundreds of balalo herdsmen were forcefully evicted from Acholi Sub-region and Adjumani district following
a December 2017 directive from President Museveni. the eviction arose from numerous complaints on land-related conflicts sparked by presence of the pastoralists on communally owned land especially in Acholi.