According to Gamba, Sudan Loses US$5.6 billion, Kenya, US$500 million, Uganda US$110 Million, South Sudan US$2.7 billion while each person in Ethiopia loses up to US$13,000 in cattle rustling annually.
Five countries under
the Inter Government Authority on Development – IGAD have lost more than
US$9 billion (about UGX 33.2 trillion) in cattle rustling especially in
the Normads, according to IGAD’s principal Researcher, Paul Gamba,
He disclosed this while closing IGAD Summit on enhancing
Animal Welfare in the IGAD region held at Lake Victoria Hotel in Entebbe on
The summit was evaluating technics of ending cattle rustling
in five member states including Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan
Cattle rustling is the theft of cattle using arms.
According to Gamba, Sudan Loses US$5.6 billion, Kenya, US$500 million,
Uganda US$110 Million, South Sudan US$2.7 billion while each person in Ethiopia loses up to US$13,000 in cattle
He says the huge losses resulting from cattle rustling
negative affect the economies of the IGAD member states.
He suggests that a
combination of mitigation measures including the adoption of new technologies
of growing pasture, alternative income generating activities and educating
those involved in the vice in activities such as farming to end the practice.
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In 2002, the Uganda embarked on a disarmament exercise
targeting the North Eastern part of the country most especially Karamoja to end
The exercise, which involved the cordon and search operations,
decreased the number of guns within civilian populations and cattle rustlers
in Karamoja region.
Currently, rustlers from Turkana region in Kenya and
Pokot in South Sudan use arms to rustle livestock from Karamoja and its neighboring
Gamba notes that there is need to embark on a Joint disarmament
exercise in the whole of the IGAD region to avoid armed rustlers from other countries raiding communities in Karamoja
to steal cows.
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A combination of measures has been put in
place by the IGAD member states to end cattle rustling.
Among the measures
agreed on by the countries include conducting joint disarmament exercises
amongst all countries, increasing budgetary allocation by partner states
on the Animal Industry department and the improvement in the
Joy Kabatsi, the Uganda’s State Minister in Charge
of the Animal industry, says member states have for long underfunded Animal
departments making them inconsequential despite their relevance in different
Kabatsi wants government to increase funding to the sector as
a way of making them consequential enough to act on several projects
that include stopping cattle rustling.