Aremo Sub County Leaders Want Night Transportation of Livestock Banned

At least six families have reported the loss of six cattle to the local authorities since January.
02 Mar 2021 16:25
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Residents and local leaders of Aremo Sub-County in Omoro District want night movement of animals banned following increased livestock thefts.

The latest incident happened at Acwera Village in Tekulu Parish in the wee hours of Monday morning when a man identified as Obura P’Odongo escaped from police after he was found in possession of a stolen bull at 4:00 am.

An eye witness, Patrick Gwom, who was among his peers burning their bricks along Okwir-Kochgoma access road says they alerted authorities after they saw Obura herding a bull at the time of the night without a movement permit.

The suspect was later arrested from Aremo Central Village in Omwunycong Parish on Monday morning. Moses Ojok, the LCI Chairperson of the village confirmed the suspect as Obura, adding that the stolen bull which was later recovered belonged to Acwera Farmers Group under NUSAF II Project. 

At least six families have reported the loss of six cattle to the local authorities since January.

Walter Okeca, a member of the LCI executive says they have started to create a network with their counterparts in neighbouring villages to enhance security vigilance against any night-time transportation of livestock.

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Vincent Oyaro, who lost his cow to the unscrupulous thieves appealed to the local leaders and police to heighten their night patrol and curfew to curtail criminal activities in the sub-county.

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Omoro District Police Commander, Hassan Mugerwa, regretted the incidents of livestock thefts in isolated parts of the district. He, however, pledged a quick response and closer collaboration with the local leaders once such a case is reported.

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Local authorities say Aremo is the worst Sub-County affected by livestock thefts meted against animals distributed under government interventions such as NAADS, Operation Wealth Creation and Northern Uganda Social Action Fund.