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Thieves Take Advantage of Curfew to Steal Cattle in Kitgum

Kitgum Resident District Commissioner William Komakech says armed rustlers have made repeated incursions in four parishes in Orom Sub County in the past few days. He says the most affected are Tikau and Obwore in Lolwa parish, Lumule and Latodore in Katutwo parish, Nakongera in Kiteny, Lokibarach, Kamintoo and Akilok in Okuti parish.
09 Apr 2020 14:14
Kitgum Resident district Commissioner William Komakech Photo By Dan M Komakech

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Suspected Karimojong rustlers are taking advantage of the curfew to raid animals in the neighbouring Kitgum district.

Kitgum Resident District Commissioner William Komakech says armed rustlers have made repeated incursions in four parishes in Orom Sub County in the past few days. He says the most affected are Tikau and Obwore in Lolwa parish, Lumule and Latodore in Katutwo parish, Nakongera in Kiteny, Lokibarach, Kamintoo and Akilok in Okuti parish.

 

Without divulging how many cows have been stolen, Komakech says the thieves have devised tactics of moving at night to steal animals.  

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The Orom Sub County LC III Chairperson, Quirino Olum says the curfew imposed by the president to curtail the spread of the COVID 19 pandemic has provided a favourable environment for the thieves to steal livestock.

He says the restrictions have made it hard for residents to recover their stolen animals since they only wake up to realise their animals are gone but can’t pursue the thieves. He says residents are living in fear because of the repeated cattle thefts.

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Olum stressed the need to enhance security, saying, residents are now contemplating forming vigilante groups to pursue the cattle thieves to recover stolen livestock.

Kitgum Resident District Commissioner, William Komakech, says the government has already beefed up security and enhanced security surveillance in areas prone to cattle theft. Komakech also calls on the communities to desist from the tendency of abandoning their livestock unattended too, embrace vigilance and provide security with information for follow-up.

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