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Suspected Karimojong Rustlers Loot 11 Cattle In Agago

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According to local leaders, the armed rustlers whose numbers were not established looted seven cattle from kiloko itiyo village in Loperebong Sub County and four others from Matakula village in Omiya Pacwa Sub-county.
UPPDF soldiers guard some of the stolen cattle recovered from armed South Sudanese rustlers in May 2018. Photo By Julius Ocungi

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Suspected Karimojong rustlers from Kotido district have raided 11 cows from livestock farmers in Agago district.    

According to local leaders, the armed rustlers whose numbers were not established looted seven cattle from kiloko itiyo village in Loperebong Sub County and four others from Matakula village in Omiya Pacwa Sub-county.

Santo Ongom, the Loperebong Sub county LC V Councilor says a group of rustlers stormed his area about 10pm and raided animals from a farmer identified as Bonnie Okot.

   

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Ongom says security personnel and local residents were by Saturday morning still trailing the cattle thieves to recover the stolen animals.

The Omiya Pacwa Sub county LC III chairperson, Raymond Otim, says the cattle stolen from his area had been distributed to one of the affected farmers under government’s NUSAF III project. 

Samson Lubega, the Agago District Police Commander, told URN on Saturday afternoon that he hadn’t yet been informed about the cattle theft.           He however, says security along the Agago-Karamoja borders has been on high alert for the past eight months following deployment of Local Defense Unit [LDU] personnel to counter intrusion of Karimojong rustlers.     Lubega says no reported cases of animal theft had since then been reported. Only two animals have been recovered by the time of filing this story.

Cattle rustlers from Karamoja region have in the past raided several areas in Agago district looting cattle from unsuspecting livestock farmers. 

The areas prune to livestock theft by Karimojong rustlers are the sub counties of Omiya Pacwa, Paimol, Lapono Adilang and Parabongo, all bordering Karamoja.