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Cattle Raids Intensify in Kotido, Kaabong Districts

Cattle raids have intensified in the districts of Kotido and Kaabong leading to loss of of lives and hundreds of animals. On Sunday alone, suspected armed Turkana Warriors from neighbouring Kenya reportedly raided 376 heads of cattle from a grazing area in Panyangara Sub County in Kotido district. A week before, another 103 cattle were driven away from Nakapelimoru Sub County. This makes the the number of raids in Kotido district now to five since October this year.

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Cattle raids have intensified in the districts of Kotido and Kaabong leading to loss of of lives and hundreds of animals. Currently, the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces--UPDF is combing the border areas in an attempt to recover the stolen animals. 

On Sunday alone, suspected armed Turkana Warriors from neighbouring Kenya reportedly raided 376 heads of cattle from a grazing area in Panyangara Sub County in Kotido district. A week before, another 103 cattle were driven away from Nakapelimoru Sub County.  This makes the the number of raids in Kotido district now to five since October this year. 

Kaabong district has also recorded five incidents of cattle raids in Loyoro and Lodiko sub counties and at least six people have been killed. Three deaths have been reported in Loyoro and others in Lodiko, according to the district Local Council chairperson, Mark Abuku.   

Official records indicate that at least 250 heads of cattle have been raided in Kaabong district since October.

The recent raids have raised stakes between the Karimojong and Turkana who have been grazing inside Uganda from March this year following the dryspell that hit the region early in the year.

Loru Paul Nabolikoko, the Panyangara Sub County chairperson, says the raid took place in broad daylight near Kamagol Dam in Loposa Parish, Panyangara Sub County, Kotido district. He notes that suspected Turkana warriors attacked the young herdsmen before they drove away the three herds belonging to Lomoe Kapel and Lobeli David Lomoe, residents of Rikitae Parish and Losike Nakolor of Loposa Parish in Panyangara.

Residents in Panyangara Sub County have called for heavy military deployment at strategic border points to curtail rampant cattle rustling in the district. John Bosco Akore Jokotau, a resident of Panyangara Sub County is calling for recruitment of the youths into the local defence unit to protect their kraals.

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Capt. Herbert Arinaitwe, the 3rd Division UPDF spokesman, says at least 58 cows had been recovered by last night. Capt. Arinaitwe notes that the army with the aid of locals is tracking the animals. 

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Yesterday, one helicopter was deployed in the region to help in tracking the stolen animals. 

Since the beginning of this month, the Ministry for Karamoja Affairs has organised three peace talks between the two communities in Kaabong. The talks also involved Turkana government and several resolutions including strengthening intelligence were drawn.

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