The Police in Agago district is holding two suspected Jie warriors
for the theft of six herds of cows from Amyel village, Lapono Sub County.
The suspects only identified as Oyoo and Lotyang all residents of
Nakakwa village, Rengen Sub County in Kotido district were arrested on Monday
following a pursuit by the security personnel.
The Lapono Sub County Councillor, Joel Ogal says that during the
theft on Christmas day, the suspects allegedly shot the herdsman on the neck
using bows and arrows before making off with their loot. The herdsman is
currently nursing injuries at Dr Amrozolli Hospital in Kalongo Town
Oga says the stolen animals were also recovered from Oyoo’s kraal
and they are yet to be handed over to their owners.
The Agago LCV Chairperson Leonard Ojok says they managed to cause the
arrest and also recover the stolen animals through the help of the village peace
committees that were instituted to curb cattle theft perpetrated by the
warriors from Karamoja sub-region The committees consist of traditional
leaders, local leaders, security personnel were instituted to facilitate dialogue,
conduct peace training and sharing information related to cattle thefts across
Cue in: “waceto wagamo......
Cue out: .... I border kany”//
Mathew Longole, a member of the committee in Rengen sub-county in
Kotido district says the suspects were subjected to a fine of six cows and also
handed over to the authorities to face justice.
According to Longole; during their formulation, the peace
committees instituted a fine that involves making a double compensation to the
number of livestock stolen as a deterrent measure to curtail cattle thefts
amidst the two border communities.
According to Ojok, the livestock thieves are currently taking
advantage of the porous border, the absence of enough security and laxity by
livestock farmers during the festive season to carry out massive raids.
The suspects currently being held at Patongo Central Police
station will be arraigned before the courts under preferred charges of livestock
theft and attempted murder.