Initial reports indicated that Armed rustlers suspected to have crossed from Kotido district on Friday night raided kiloko itiyo village in Loperebong Sub County and Matakula village in Omiya Pacwa Sub-county and looted 11 animals from local farmers.
A boy herds cattle in Orom Subcounty, Kitgum District. Kitgum District. Photo By Julius Ocungi
Eleven animals that were looted
from the Agago district by suspected Karamojong rustlers over the weekend have
Initial reports indicated that Armed
rustlers suspected to have crossed from Kotido district on Friday night raided
kiloko itiyo village in Loperebong Sub County and Matakula village in Omiya
Pacwa Sub-county and looted 11 animals from local farmers.
But Adilang Sub County Councilor
Santo Sans Ongom says seven animals that were looted from his area were
recovered near Adoma rock in Anyami village in Lapyem parish on Saturday. He
says the suspected rustlers abandoned the animals following the intervention of
armed Anti-Stock Theft unit [ASTU] personnel who followed them before crossing
into Karamoja region.
Ongom says the recovered animals
are yet to be given back to its rightful owner in Kiloko Itiyo village.
Agago Resident District
Commissioner Linos Ngompek says that another four animals that were stolen from
Lapono sub-county on Sunday were also recovered on the same day by Local Defence Unit soldiers from Kotido District.
Ngompek says although the
security teams have heightened deployment of security personnel along the
Agago-Karamoja borderlines, the intrusion of rustlers persists as a result of
Limited Personnel manning the borderline.
He says they are optimistic that
the incursion will be averted in the near future with additional deployment of
LDU personnel in the district. Ngompek, however, advised local farmers to be
vigilant and timely report to security cases of animal theft.
Security personnel however says
four animals stolen from Matakula village in Omiya Pacwa Sub-county haven’t yet
A total of 300 animals were
reported to have been stolen from livestock farmers by armed rustlers from Karamoja
last year alone. Most of the rustlers have been targeting livestock in the sub
counties of Omiya Pacwa, Paimol, Lapono Adilang and Parabongo, all bordering
In Neighboring Lamwo district,
security has been beefed up around the porous border points between Uganda and South
Sudan to avert intrusion of armed rustlers from Africa’s youngest nation.
Bureau Chief, West Acholi