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Protests as More Than 200 Cows Invade Communal Land

The complaint has been raised against Okello David Lungeny believed to have transported the animals from Buseruka in Hoima district on the night of October 9th, this year and left to graze without being attended to.
Community of Kopir clan in a meeting in Orom sub-County yesterday

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Kopir clan members in Agoromin village in Orom Sub-county in Kitgum district are protesting the relocation of over 200 cows on their land without their consent. 

 

Residents accuse David Lungeny Okello of renting over seven square miles of communal grazing land to unidentified pastoralists at Shillings 36 million.

 

According to the residents, the cows were ferried from Buseruka Sub County in Hoima district in the night of October 9th and left unattended too on their land.

In a written complaint to Orom Sub County leadership, residents accuse Okello of trespassing on their land and destruction of their crop fields. The most affected villages include Binonga, Lacan-Onyongo, Lagwelima, Lunganyura, Labworomoo, Israel, Ojorongole, Kamanding Toboi, Mulembe, and Cilon in Lolwa parish.  

 

During a community meeting on Friday, Martin Ocaya, the Lagwelima Village Chairperson, said the presence of the animals has hindered residents from accessing Ka-Labul community water dam.

'//Cue in: 'We local council...

Cue out: ...almost three days.'//

Abraham Aturu, the Kitgum District Production Secretary, says the presence of the cows exposes animals in the Sub-County to livestock diseases.

 

 

//Cue in: 'I think the major...

Cue out: ...little rain this year.'//

During the meeting, Lungeny presented to residents the animal movement certificate, but denied renting the communal land to the pastoralists. 

Residents gave him an ultimatum of three days to evacuate the animals from their land or else face the wrath of the community. Over 20 Kopir clan members appended their signatures on the ultimatum.