people allegedly displaced by Karamojong cattle rustlers from their homeland in
Orom Sub County in Kitgum District several decades ago are still struggling to
resettle. The affected people occupy about 20,000 hectares of land covering
Lolwa and Akaurumou villages, which border Abim District in Karamoja region.
Labiya, the leader of Kalak Clan in Orom Sub County, says that the communities
fled the area in 1969 just a few years after Uganda attained self-rule. He says
that the community was displaced by intense cattle rustling pushing them to distant places. He says that they temporarily settled at Lujorongole Parish,
where the farmland has greatly reduced to population growth.
however, says that their attempts to repossess the land early last year met the
same problem of the Karamajong cattle rustlers. He says that they have also lost
over 100 cattle between February and March alone this year in different raids
and called for military deployment to ensure their safety and security.
Qurino Olum, the Orom Sub County LC III chairperson, says the problem of the
cattle rustling in the area has taken long to resolve. Olum described the
raids as persistent insecurity affecting the livelihoods of the people whom he
says are struggling to recover from the Lord’s Resistance Army insurgency in
Amos Okot, the Agago North County MP-elect, says that the animal
raids have not only affected Kitgum District but Lamwo, Pader and Agago as
well. Henry Okello Oryem, the Internal Affairs State Minister, revealed that
the issue about the cattle rustling by the suspected Karamajong warriors is
before the Cabinet for redress.
“Besides the ongoing disarmament in Karamoja, we need
maximum deployment of the army into the areas affected which the Head of State
will soon pronounce himself on,” Oryem explained. Oryem further revealed
that the government will open up more roads in the area in the next financial
year to ease coordination in the fight against the thieves who normally come
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The youth in Pader, Agago and Kitgum have mobilized themselves into vigilante
groups to guard the kraals against raids but are often at risk from the armed
cattle rustlers, according to the local authorities.