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150 Head of Cattle Stolen in Various Raids in Kitgum

42- year- old Oyo Patrick Pinyngic, a livestock farmer in Orom Town Council says more farmers are still arriving with their cattle in the town council.

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At least 150 head of cattle have been rustled from Orom Sub County in Kitgum district and areas around the South Sudan border over the past two weeks. The affected areas are Akilok, Ladot Onen, Morongole and Lalekan. Livestock farmers say their cows were rustled by spear and gun wielding men in military and civilian attire.

 

The raiders are believed to be from Lopuc, Ateretenya, Lukorengole and Bira in South Sudan. Alfred Loyira, a cattle keeper in Kabututum A village says the recent raids have forced farmers to drive their cattle away from Ladot Onen and Morongole parishes near South Sudan border into Orom town council where, the Anti Stock Theft Unit-ASTU and UPDF are deployed.

42- year- old Oyo Patrick Pinyngic, a livestock farmer in Orom Town Council says more farmers are still arriving with their cattle in the town council. He says 4 farmers have taken shelter at his kraal for the last three days with 20 cows. Quirino Olum, the Orom Sub County LC 3 Chairperson confirms the raids describing the situation as dire.

 

He says fear is growing among livestock farmers that finding no animals, the rustlers might resort to harvesting crops from people’s gardens. Last week, the gunmen raided 32 heads of cattle which the UPDF and the Anti Stock theft Unit recovered near the South Sudan border.

Denis Ochama, the Kitgum District Police Commander says in the second attack, the rustlers raided another 14 heads of cattle which the joint forces also recovered over the weekend. They were handed back to the owner on Saturday.

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But Dicken Okello, the UPDF Zonal Commander at Lubiri Army detach disputes the figures. He says livestock farmers speak of conflicting numbers whenever they trail the raiders. Okello urges the affected farmers to be accurate about the raids to enable ASTU and UPDF respond accordingly.

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