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Rustlers Strike Kaabong District

So far 16 pairs of oxen have been raided in the last three weeks during gardening time by suspected rustlers from Kotido district.
Farmers in Kalapata sub county, Kaabong district share a local brew in the garden during a day\'s job.
Suspected rustlers have failed farmers opening up land for cultivation as the thugs target morning rains to steal the oxen in Kaabong district. Usually an attack on farmers is carried out as they settle down in the gardens to begin ploughing.

 

So far 16 pairs of oxen have been raided in the last three weeks during gardening time by suspected rustlers from Kotido district.

 

Joseph Lochoro, a resident of Kaabong Town Council, who lost his oxen to raiders, says the raiders have taken the advantage of the ongoing rains. He explains that the raiders’ surface during the rains armed with guns. He adds that they usually beat up owners who offer resistance. He goes on to say that when his animals were stolen last week he tracked the animal prints up to Rengen Sub County in Kotido district.

 

Okoth Nyalulu, the Resident District Commissioner Kaabong, confirms the development. He explains that the rustlers in most cases take advantage of abandoned bulls in the garden yard. He says that the oxen after a day’s work are left to roam in the fields as some farmers settle in the tree sheds to booze.

 

He, however, says on several occasions the rustlers have attacked farmers with the help of bows and arrows. He adds that the rustlers have now embarked on stealing of calves and goats in the recent past. He urges residents to report all attacks. He encourages the farmers not to abandon their gardens because security forces are hunting for the rustlers.

 

Ben Ochan, the District Police Commander Kotido, says the police could not give details about the rustling activities between Kotido and Kaabong districts. He however, confirms some raiders travelling to Kaabong to steal animals in the past weeks.

 

He explains that some recovered bulls have been handed over to the owners adding that the police were still looking for other animals. He appeals to owners not to surrender animals easily since the rustlers are not armed with guns or inform call security forces at once.