According to Abuku, before garden work started, they used to register on average three cattle raids each week. "Most of these raiders have moved into the fertile places so they have gone to clear their gardens in preparation for the next planting season," he said.
A group of karimojong and men in a rotation cultivation systemen in Moroto last year, many rusttlers have gone to clear their gardens.
a decline in cattle rustling in Karamoja region, a thing the leaders attribute
to garden work. Mark Abuku, the Kaabong District LC V Chairperson, says that
the most active rustler are now busy clearing their garden for the planting
According to Abuku, before garden work
started, they used to register on average three cattle raids each week. "Most
of these raiders have moved into the fertile places so they have gone to clear
their gardens in preparation of the next planting season," he said.
He, however, says that currently, a whole week
goes by without registering any raid. Joseph Lomonyang, the Napak District LC V Chairperson, says
increased military patrols could have also helped reduce the raids. "It’s
true we have not been registering many cases of animal raids as it used to be,"
Lomonyang, who doubles as the president of Uganda Local Government
Association has appealed to security not to relax on the operations until they
get rid of criminals in the region.
Brig Joseph Balukudembe, the UPDF 3rd Division commander told
URN that the army together with other sister forces are on top of the
situation. He appeals to the local community and political leaders to
help security to identify the wrong elements.
"These people who are disturbing others are their
children, relatives so if they hide them it will be so hard to get rid of
criminals from the region," he said.
John Dengel, the chairperson
Peace Committee of Kalokengel village in Napak district told URN that there has
been relative peace since the army conducted the cordon and search operations in
Kangole town council.
"Even the families that had fled their homes have
returned. But still, we shouldn't relax,"