Richard Miiro Kigayaza the Nakasongola district councillor for Nabiswera sub-county says that several people including officers of Uganda People’s Defense Forces have bought land in their area and transport cattle daily without following procedures.
According to the residents, the latest incidents occurred on Monday last week and Tuesday night where the cows destroyed several acres of their crops. This prompted the residents to impound over 200 head of cattle and held them at Kavule primary school playground insisting that Kalangwa compensates them for the damage.
Richard Kajura, one of the residents says that the deceased had instructed him to load two cows on a waiting pickup which would transport them to the police station as exhibits, when he received a phone call alerting him that he was being robbed.
The markets are being constructed by Amudat District local government with support from Mercy Corps, Development Initiative for Northern Uganda (DINU) and government of Uganda, through the Resilience Project.
Godfrey Kahiiga, a cattle farmer from Kigorobya Sub County says all the dams and wells where their animals would access drinking water have dried up forcing them to trek close to over 10km in search of water for their animals daily.
According to Ediau, the activities of the poachers are threatening the tourism industry especially in Karamoja sub region, which is endowed with many rare animal species. He revealed that a number of suspects have been produced in court and remanded, awaiting trial.
While droughts are uncommon in Hoima, the length and severity of the dry conditions since September last year have strained cattle farmers. They endured dry conditions for more than five months, hand feeding their animals and forced to sell down stock as they run out of pasture and water during the prolonged dry spell.
Edison Birema, the Otuke District Police Commander, says the hunt for the suspect cattle rustlers is ongoing. This the sixth time Otuke district is recording cattle raids by the suspected rustlers since the beginning of this year involving not less than 50 animals.
Robert Abak, the Otuke Resident District Commissioner told URN they have deployed both the Anti- Stock Theft Unit police personnel-ASTUS and UPDF soldiers to track on the suspected rustlers.
This is the second time the group is rustling cattle from this same Sub County within a space of one month.
Paul Rwabajungu, a cattle keeper in Kigorobya sub county says despite several reports made to the relevant security operatives about the rampant cattle theft, nothing has been done to address the issue. He says they are now forced to sleep in the kraals to protect their animals from being stolen.
Dr. Patrick Ndorwa, the Hoima District Veterinary Officer, says the ministry has finally lifted the livestock quarantine. He says the livestock traders and markets are free to resume their normal operations.
Records at Buseruka police post indicate that over 100 cows have been stolen since March this year from different kraals in the sub-county. The most affected cattle farmers are from the villages of Tonya, Kabaale, Buseruka, Rwamutungo, Kasenyi-Lyato, Kayera, Nyamasoga and Kiryamboga.
Professor Anthony Mugisha from Makerere University who is leading a team of scientists doing field clinical trials on tick disease says that most of the animals that died as a result of being attacked by ticks.
Esrom William Alenyo, the Nebbi LC V Chairperson has called for increased vigilance from residents. He asks residents to report any suspicious people within their communities for possible action by the authorities.
Donozio Kibanda, the Birere Sub county LC V councilor, accuses the Veterinary Department of making the pronouncement without any scientific proof. He says the department should be in position to present communication from the Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Ministries on the quarantine.