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Porous Border Points Hindering Fight Against Rustlers in Lamwo :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Porous Border Points Hindering Fight Against Rustlers in Lamwo

Maj. Flavia Terimulungi, 5th Infantry Division Spokesperson says that whereas the army is working hard to curb the influx of rustlers, the vast porous border points has made it challenging to secure the entire territory.

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Security personnel in Lamwo District have attributed the persistent influx of armed South Sudanese cattle rustlers to the vast porous border points between Uganda and South Sudan.

The army recently heightened deployment of Uganda People’s Defence Forces-UPDF soldiers in Lamwo District near the South Sudan border following repeated influx by suspected armed cattle rustlers from Ikotos County. 

On Friday last week, armed suspected South Sudan cattle rustlers shot Dead Alfred Ocitti,  a UPDF officer in an ambush in Lawiye Oduny village in Madio Opei Sub-county, barely a week after injuring another UPDF soldier in the same Sub-county.

Maj. Flavia Terimulungi, the 5th Infantry Division Spokesperson says that whereas the army is working hard to curb the influx of rustlers, the vast porous border points is a challenge to secure the entire territory.

According to Maj. Terimulungi, the vast nature of the border point has seen people crossing from one point to the other unregulated thus posing security threats.

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She however notes that the situation has also been made worse with the collaboration of local agents within Lamwo District who are conspiring with the rustlers from South Sudan to loot cattle.

Maj. Terimulungi called on the civilian population to liaise with security personnel in the district on suspicious individuals who could be a threat to the security of their area.

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She says although the rustlers have on occasions have managed to invade the local communities; the army has most times been able to repulse them following the intelligence of their movements.

The Madiopei LCIII Chairperson Felix Nyero Lawii says that a vast land along Madi opei sub-county bordering with South Sudan has remained porous and unmanned by security for many years.

He cited the wilderness of Lipan and Okol hills, which has for several years acted as a haven and passage for the rustlers while entering and exiting Madi Opei sub-county.

Lawii notes that the recent withdrawal of Anti Stock Theft Unit (ASTU) personnel from a detach situated in Agoloki about 10 kilometres away from Madi opei Town Council has greatly affected the security of the area.

“The detach was strategic and located inside the porous areas, we used to coordinate with the ASTU team on the ground in case of any imminent threats but with their withdrawal, we are afraid these rustlers will intensify their attacks,” says Lawii.

He proposed that security personnel in Lamwo district should organize for a cross border bilateral security meeting with their counterparts in South Sudan to iron out the persistent influx of armed men.

Lamwo district borderline with volatile South Sudan stretches for about 163 kilometres.

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