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.
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
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.
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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
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
Emmy Daniel Ojara is a young journalist and has been practicing since 2013, during which he covered land rights violation in the contested Apaa and Lakang in Amuru as his first take ups while at Gulu Fm, Favor Fm and later Paidha Fm and Speak Fm where he is still attached.
Human rights abuses and denied access to land by security and government agencies has been the major aftermath of the contest over the lands. The underprivileged such as women, children and the elderly faced challenges in accessing soc