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Over 2000 Head of Cattle Stolen from Lorengedwat Sub County – Leaders

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Emmanuel Longes Lorika, the Local Council III Chairperson of Lorengechora Sub County, says that 2, 973 head of cattle have been raided from the area by suspected warriors from Napak, Moroto and Amudat districts.
Police Containing a peaceful demo in Lorengedwat on Thursday

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At least 2000 head of cattle have been stolen from Lorengechora Sub County in Nabilatuk District since January this year, according to the local authorities.

Only 97 out of the 2,973 cows have since been recovered while the rest have gone missing without a trace.  This is contrary to the police reports that the recovery rate for stolen cattle has improved to 90 percent.

Residents now the government to compensate them for their cattle given the fact that it’s the mandate of the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces- UPDF to protect people and their property. 

Emmanuel Longes Lorika, the Local Council III Chairperson of Lorengechora Sub County, says that 2, 973 head of cattle have been raided from the area by suspected warriors from Napak, Moroto and Amudat districts.

Lorengedwat borders Napak, Nakapiripirt, Amudat and Moroto districts. Warriors from the neighbourhood have reportedly terrorized the area for the last year leading to the loss of all livestock and the death of 12 people.

During last night attack at an estimated 600 head of cattle and over 400 goats and sheep were stolen. One person was also gunned down and two women raped, according to Emmanuel Longes Lorika, the LC 3 chairperson of Lorengedwat.

Peter Alex Nangiro, the NRM Chairperson for Lorengedwat wants the government to compensate them for the lost animals since raids escalated in Karamoja in January.

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Abraham Lomala, one of the youths in the area has warned that they will hold peaceful protests for seven days against continuous raids and killings in their district in an attempt to compel the government and UPDF to deploy in the area to curtail raids.

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Maraka Napio, an elderly woman in Lorengedwat blames security officers for not taking serious action against criminals handed over to the police. The Deputy Mt. Moroto Region Police Commander, Victor Nahabwe has called for calm as police and other security agencies pursue the rustlers and work around the clock to improve the security situation in Karamoja as a whole.

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