Barlegi Residents Petition President Museveni Over Cattle at Lira State Lodge

Residents of Barlegi parish in Okwang Sub County, Lira district have petitioned President Yoweri Museveni to stop his herdsmen from grazing cattle on their plantations.

Through Paul Ojok, the Barlegi community chairperson, the farmers voiced their concerns that their gardens of cassava, millet and maize had been destroyed by the herds of cattle belonging to the president, which are being kept at the state lodge at Barlegi.

The farmers complained that most times the cattle are without a herdsman leaving them to wander and graze at will on their crops.

The peasants further complain that they have been raising the pleas with the local authorities who in turn approach the Presidential Guard Brigade at the facility but no positive response was forthcoming.

Opio says they are afraid that if the practice is not stopped, they would be vulnerable to famine as they would have no crops to harvest.

The concerns were raised on Saturday during a meeting the locals held at Barlegi.

Sandy Opio, a Private Secretary to the president who attended the meeting told the farmers that their pleas would be addressed.

Daniel Omara Atubo, the area Member of Parliament says he was bitter to learn that the people were suffering because of the negligence of some people charged with looking after the cattle.

President Yoweri Museveni set up base at Barlegi at the height of the LRA war and the place has since been turned into a state lodge.