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One Killed in Kotido Cattle Raid

The LC 3 Chairperson of Kotido West Division, Peter Kaka Nangiro has identified the deceased as 14-year-old herds boy, Lokol Apalokol who was shot dead by the suspected Turkana raiders at Kalongolemugu grazing fields, just three kilometers from Nakapelimoru 403 brigade headquarters.

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One person has been killed and another abducted in a fresh wave of cattle raids by suspected Turkana in Kotido district.

The LC 3 Chairperson of Kotido West Division, Peter Kaka Nangiro has identified the deceased as 14-year-old herds boy, Lokol Apalokol who was shot dead by the suspected Turkana raiders at Kalongolemugu grazing fields, just three kilometers from Nakapelimoru 403 brigade headquarters.

Another herds boy aged 12 years, who has only been identified as Lokong was reportedly abducted at Lopeet grazing fields by the armed raiders.

The raids have resulted into the loss of about 2000 cattle and hundreds of goats and sheep that have reportedly been raided in various kraals in Kotido from different areas of the district in a recent wave of raids. The raids started this month in areas of Panyangara, Nakapelimoru and parts of Kacheri Sub Counties. The raids were recorded during the day  at grazing fields.

The numbers were compiled by the Peace Committee Members, the LC 3 chairpersons and presented to the district leadership ton Monday afternoon.

According to the report, in the last two days, 402 heads of cattle have been raided around Toror hills, some 25 km south of Kotido town and just 10 km from the Brigade head quarters.

The raids have caused anger among the residents and the political leaders. The residents fault the army for being complacent.

Rose Namoe Chilla, the district councilor for Kotido Municipality has accused a section of the UPDF leadership of condoning the theft and taking no action against armed raiders.

The District Chairperson, Ambrose Lotukei urged the UPDF to beef up security at the border with Uganda. Lotukei also asked the UPDF to track and return the cattle which were raided recently, and provide protection to the kraals.

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Brigadier Julius Biryabalema, the Second in command at the 3rd Division has promised to beef up security.