Samuel Akera, the LCIII Chairperson said the pastoralists are wandering with an estimated 10,000 animals in the four parishes of Pachilo, Pupwonya, Parwaca and Okidi causing devastation to crops like cassava, rice, groundnuts and maize among others.
Atiak Sub-County leaders in Amuru District have tasked pastoralists
to fence their grazing land to avoid their livestock crossing to community
The Sub-County Council resolved to compel the pastoralists to register
all their animals and fence the land they have rented from the community for
grazing but the pastoralists have not heeded the directive.
Samuel Akera, the LCIII Chairperson said the pastoralists are
wandering with an estimated 10,000 animals in the four parishes of Pachilo,
Pupwonya, Parwaca and Okidi causing devastation to crops like cassava, rice,
groundnuts and maize among others.
Akera says that they have impounded 28 heads of cattle for
destroying crop fields, adding that the animals were sneaked into the
Sub-County without notifying the leaders.
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In December 2020, over 200 pastoralists invaded six villages of Kololo Parish
in Lakang Sub-County and grazed on 10,000 acres of land, a sugar factory
project area belonging to the Government and Madhivani Group of Companies.
It prompted President Yoweri Museveni to issue a directive to
Police backed by the military to oversee the eviction of pastoralists from
Government and community land, but leaders say the directive was not
implemented giving leeway to the cattle keepers to continue grazing with
34 Field Force Unit – FFU personnel and 184 Uganda People’s
Defense Forces – UPDF soldiers who were deployed in the area also abandoned their
placement citing poor working conditions like lack of clean water and harsh
Last week, Labongo Akwang sub-county leaders in Kitgum district
issued a two-day ultimatum to pastoralists to vacate their area. This also
prompted the area MP, Polly Philip Okin Ojara to rally the community to hunt
down the cows like wild animals to end the pastoralists’ impunity.
But the UPDF 4th Division Spokesperson, Lt. Hassan Ahmad Kato argued the pastoralists
have been gazing in Acholi because they are allowed by the local community to
rent their land for grazing their animals.
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Leaders in Acholi are also concerned that the pastoralists are a threat to the
security of the people in the post-conflict community as many of them are
grazing armed with guns, implying high government officials are behind them.