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UPDF in Operation to Recover Over 200 Cattle Raided by S. Sudanese Rustlers

The Lotuku village LCI Chairperson says the rustlers attacked and brutally killed two herdsmen as they grazed the animals in Oryang village in Lawiyeoduny parish before grabbing some 208 head of cattle and fleeing towards South Sudan.

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The Uganda Peoples Defence Forces -UPDF are pursuing suspected South Sudanese cattle thieves who raided over 200 head of cattle and killed two herdsmen in Madi Opei Sub County of Lamwo district on Saturday. 

The Lotuku village LCI Chairperson says the rustlers attacked and brutally killed two herdsmen as they grazed the animals in Oryang village in Lawiyeoduny parish before raiding a total of 208 head of cattle and fleeing towards South Sudan. 

The deceased were identified as Joseph Okello 48, and Denis Oroma 38, all residents of Oran Cell, Lukwee ward in Madi Opei Town Council. 

Edward Okeny, a resident who was in company of the deceased but narrowly survived the incident, says the rustlers believed to be six in number were armed with bows, arrows and machetes that they used to hack the two.   

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Preliminary findings indicate that the rustlers took advantage of the mountainous terrain that adjoins the border where they hid the stolen animals until it was safe for them to cross on Sunday night into Ramula and Lotome bomahs in the Ikotos County of the Eastern Equatorial State.   

The 5th Division UPDF spokesperson Capt. Amos Nsamba didn’t divulge details of the pursuit although he says joint security efforts by the army, its sister security agencies and counterparts in South Sudan are being made to ensure that the stolen animals are recovered.   

Nsamba condemned the incidents saying the UPDF doesn’t condone acts of criminality against innocent citizens and pledged commitment towards observance of their constitutional mandate of protecting lives of Ugandans and their property. 

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The Lamwo district LCV Chairperson Sisto Ocen Oyet says the incessant attack and killing has sparked fear, agony and displeasure amongst locals who want security to expedite actions to recover their animals and thereby restore peace in the area following persisted attacks by armed rustlers. 

According to Oyet, the indigenous residents majorly youths from the villages of Locimidic and Lotuko in Lawiye Oduny parish; and Oryang in Pobura parish were planning to hold a protest over the attack by suspected South Sudan cattle rustlers. 

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Oyet however says they are in liaising with their counterparts of South Sudan and a joint meeting has been convened for Thursday to devise ways of combating the persistent attacks by the armed bandits from South Sudan.