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Security Teams Recover 11 Animals Stolen from Agago by Cattle Rustlers

Initial reports indicated that Armed rustlers suspected to have crossed from Kotido district on Friday night raided kiloko itiyo village in Loperebong Sub County and Matakula village in Omiya Pacwa Sub-county and looted 11 animals from local farmers.
A boy herds cattle in Orom Subcounty, Kitgum District. Kitgum District. Photo By Julius Ocungi
Eleven animals that were looted from the Agago district by suspected Karamojong rustlers over the weekend have been recovered.    

Initial reports indicated that Armed rustlers suspected to have crossed from Kotido district on Friday night raided kiloko itiyo village in Loperebong Sub County and Matakula village in Omiya Pacwa Sub-county and looted 11 animals from local farmers.  

But Adilang Sub County Councilor Santo Sans Ongom says seven animals that were looted from his area were recovered near Adoma rock in Anyami village in Lapyem parish on Saturday. He says the suspected rustlers abandoned the animals following the intervention of armed Anti-Stock Theft unit [ASTU] personnel who followed them before crossing into Karamoja region.  

Ongom says the recovered animals are yet to be given back to its rightful owner in Kiloko Itiyo village.  

Agago Resident District Commissioner Linos Ngompek says that another four animals that were stolen from Lapono sub-county on Sunday were also recovered on the same day by Local Defence Unit soldiers from Kotido District.  

Ngompek says although the security teams have heightened deployment of security personnel along the Agago-Karamoja borderlines, the intrusion of rustlers persists as a result of Limited Personnel manning the borderline.  

He says they are optimistic that the incursion will be averted in the near future with additional deployment of LDU personnel in the district. Ngompek, however, advised local farmers to be vigilant and timely report to security cases of animal theft.  

Security personnel however says four animals stolen from Matakula village in Omiya Pacwa Sub-county haven’t yet been recovered.  

A total of 300 animals were reported to have been stolen from livestock farmers by armed rustlers from Karamoja last year alone. Most of the rustlers have been targeting livestock in the sub counties of Omiya Pacwa, Paimol, Lapono Adilang and Parabongo, all bordering Karamoja.  

In Neighboring Lamwo district, security has been beefed up around the porous border points between Uganda and South Sudan to avert intrusion of armed rustlers from Africa’s youngest nation.

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