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200 Cattle Impounded in Attiak Town Council

On Thursday, the Minister of State for Animals Husbandry banned the movement of livestock in the area. The ban follows complaints of illegal entry of livestock and invasion of the non-native herdsmen commonly known as balalo in the area.
Cattle living Lamwo via Attik Sub County. Photo by Emmy Daniel Ojara

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Attiak Town Council leaders on Thursday intercepted and impounded 200 heads of cattle.

The cattle were reportedly from Lujorongole Village in Lakang Sub County, Amuru district.They were being taken to Lamwo district via the Attiak-Palaro-Lamwo road on foot.

On Thursday, the Minister of State for Animals Husbandry banned the movement of livestock in the area.  The ban follows complaints of illegal entry of livestock and invasion of the non-native herdsmen commonly known as balalo in the area.  

Kenneth Okot, the Attiak Town Council Chairperson says that the animals belong to one herdsman only identified as Yohana. 

The three herdsmen were intercepted at around 8:00 p.m. while herding their animals on foot. 

Okot added that the cattle had also trampled on people’s gardens in the areas and destroyed several acres of crops including sweet potatoes, sorghum, and peas which belong to Florence Akello, Stephen Apiah, and one Komakech. 

The herdsmen were also forced to pay 680,000 Shillings in compensation for damages to the crop gardens.  Okot adds that the herdsmen were also instructed to present valid movement permits for their animals and also load them in a vehicle before they can be released.

//Cue in: ‘’lawo ki dyer… 

Cue out: …weko lobo Acoli.’’// 

Samuel Akera, the Attiak Sub County Chairperson also said that the area security personnel and leaders will enforce the ban on livestock entry into the district until the audit exercise for all the balalo herdsmen is completed as directed. 

On Thursday, the President`s select team including the State Minister for Foreign Affairs Henry Okello Oryem, Gen. David Muhoozi the State Minister for Internal Affairs and Gen. David Muhoozi, Minister Henry Okello Oryem, and the Minister of State for Animals Husbandry issued a ban on livestock movements in the district until the 25th January next year until when the balalo herdsmen are all audited.

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