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Security Blocks Herdsmen from Returning to Otuke

This follows disclosures that a herdsman identified as Francis Kiiza had secretly returned into the district with about 46 animals and camped in Olilim Sub County, where, according to residents, he was hosted by some areas leaders.

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Otuke district security committee has blocked fresh attempts by herdsmen to return to the area, where they were evicted  a few months ago.

This follows disclosures that a herdsman identified as Francis Kiiza had secretly returned into the district with about 46 animals and camped in Olilim Sub County, where, according to residents, he was hosted by some areas leaders.

Kiiza aid that he had paid the Olilim Sub County LC III chairperson, Francis Otyama about 400,000 Shillings to hire his land and use it for grazing the animals for a period of time. But Otyama has denied the allegation saying he never received any money from Kiiza.

He was subsequently forced out on the orders of Otuke Resident District Commissioner John Wafula. The RDC says that the herdsman's return contravenes a presidential directive that no herdsman should be allowed to live in the area. He says the return of herdsmen in the area was illegal.

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Otuke District Police Commander, Edwin Turyaryomwe says Kiiza has been sent back with all his animals. Police are conducting an investigation in to claims of that some herdsmen are still hiding within the district.

Last year, authorities ejected more than 20 herdsmen from Rakai district who entered Otuke district with more than 1, 000 cows in search of pasture and water for their animals and settled in Alunya Village, Olilim Sub County.  The district also battled Karimojong herdsmen who entered the area after being hit by a prolonged dry spell.

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