The Guda village LCI Chairperson Patrick Okoda says allocating the land measuring approximately 3 hectares to the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) without demanding any compensation is entirely for heightening security in the area.
Residents of Guda, Obolokome and Masaka villages, Namukora Sub
County, Kitgum district have offered free land for the establishment of a
The Guda village LCI Chairperson Patrick Okoda says allocating the
land measuring approximately 3 hectares to the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces
(UPDF) without demanding any compensation is entirely for heightening security
in the area.
Okoda says the move by the locals to surrender part of their land
to the army was a unanimous decision by residents following recent frequent
cattle raids in the area by armed suspected Karimajong cattle rustlers.
According to Okoda, he and a section of residents survived being killed in a shootout
last week as they attempted to pursue the cattle rustlers who had stolen
animals from the area.
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Alfred Olanya Odoch, a resident says that the gesture by the
residents has been long overdue since suspected Karimajong warriors have always
used the area as their main corridor through which they sneak into Namukora and
Orom in Kitgum district to raid animals. According to Odoch, the locals contend
that the fears of insecurity and their vulnerability remains a growing concern
and communities can no longer improve their livelihoods through livestock and
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Cue out: …dyang keken.”//
The Kitgum Resident District Commissioner William Komakech
commended the locals for providing the land saying it will help security widen their
presence in their area.
According to Komakech, the move is anticipated also to benefit the
farming communities in other villages of Oryebo, Orabal, Masaka, Obolokome,
Odilangi and Oryang in Namukora Sub County and the neighbouring villages of
Omiya Pacua Sub County in Agago district.
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Cue out: ….min wan ngom”//
The UPDF 5th Division Intelligence Officer Charles
Byamugisha Marcelino warned the suspected Karimajong warriors that the army
will not continue sitting back and watching people lose lives and property. He
however implicated a section of residents who allegedly act as collaborators to
the rustlers in coordinating attacks.