Amuru district security committee has arrested four pastoralists
from Lakang Sub County in Amuru district after their cows destroyed
several acres of food crops.
arrest follows a presidential directive that the cattle owners whose
animals have destroyed crops should compensate the victims of the
Two weeks ago,
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni directed Amuru district leaders to
evict the cattle keepers who were rearing their animals in
the Amuru sugar project area in Lakang Sub County.
Geoffrey Oceng Osborn,
the Deputy RDC Amuru district who declined to divulge more details says
the arrests follow complaints from mainly two people whose rice and
maize gardens were destroyed by cattle in Lujoro and Omee villages in Lakang Sub
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2017, President Museveni, through the Minister of Agriculture ordered pastoralists to vacate Lakang land but the directives were never
heeded to. In March, the Amuru District Security Committee also resolved
to evict the nomads without success.
presence of the pastoralists whose origin is not clear has also been
reported in other parts of Acholi sub-region with large herds of cattle.
The areas include Atiak Sub-County and Palaro in neighbouring Gulu
and Angagura Sub-County in Pader District.