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UPDF Soldier Killed In Cattle Raid In Kitgum

A Uganda People’s Defense Forces—UPDF has been shot dead by cattle rustlers in Orom Sub County in Kitgum District.
A Uganda People’s Defense Forces—UPDF has been shot dead by cattle rustlers in Orom Sub County in Kitgum District.

 

Okello Dicken, the UPDF Platoon Commander in Lubiri Detach in Orom Sub County, identified the dead as 57 year old Private Okere Luguma Aqwerino. He was attached to Lubiri UPDF detach located at the sub county headquarters.

 

According to Okello, Luguma died of bullet wounds that he sustained on Thursday last week while trailing a gang of rustlers from South Sudan in Atayi village at the border with Ateretenya in South Sudan. His body was laid to rest on Saturday in his home village in Cam Gweng in Orom Sub County.

 

Okello explained that the rustlers armed with spears and guns, attack villages near the South Sudan border and retreat with their animals across the border, making it hard for the UPDF and Anti Stock Theft Unit to decisively deal with them.

 

Some residents say too few UPDF officers are deployed in the area. Okello says he has only 30 men and women of the UPDF in Orom Sub County and is quick to add that the rustlers are taking advantage of the villagers who take too long to report raids.

 

He also blames the raids on farmers delegating children to graze the animals.

 

Ochan Ben, a resident of Kiteny in Lalekan Parish says that on Friday, the rustlers undressed three women and five men they found working in their gardens located 40 miles from Orom Town Council. He says the gunmen roam their villages in search of cattle as early as 10am in the morning.

 

According to Ochan, farmers in Tim pa Lukok area have abandoned their garden works fleeing from the raiders to Orom Town Council. He says their immediate need is food and shelter.

 

Okello Dicken agrees with Ochan saying he is commanding only 30 personnel on the ground. He says the thin number is expected to patrol a very large border region making them too stretched to deal with the rustlers.

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