John Amos Okot, the MP Elect for Agago North says wants the government to arm the groups with guns to protect their animals since the Karamojong rustlers have now resorted to using guns while carrying out their operations.
Leaders in the Acholi Sub-region want the government to arm local vigilantes
in Agago and Lamwo districts to address cases of cattle theft.
This follows a series of cattle raids that have left hundreds of
cattle stolen from the two districts by the Karamojong cattle rustlers in
recent times. The most affected sub-counties and areas include Omiya
Pacwa, Lapono, Lira Kato, Parabongo, Wol, Paimol, Kalongo among others.
In January, close to 1,000 youth and few elderly men armed with
bow, arrows, and spears volunteered to guard kraals.
John Amos Okot, the MP Elect for Agago North says wants the government
to arm the groups with guns to protect their animals since the Karamojong
rustlers have now resorted to using guns while carrying out their operations.
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Okot says that currently, the cattle owners have resorted to
keeping the cattle together, chaining and locking them using padlocks which have
not had any significant impact given the fact that the rustlers use guns.
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Okot says as the Acholi Parliamentary group, they plan to hold
cross-boundary meetings with leaders in the Karamoja region to try to rally the
locals against cattle rustling but also promoting peaceful co-existence amongst
the two communities of Acholi and the Karamojong.
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Betty Aol Ochan, the Leader of Opposition in Parliament blames the
government for the continuous cattle raids in the Acholi sub-region. She says
the government failed in disarming the cattle rustlers but also providing
security for the Karamojong who are often attacked by the Pokot cattle rustlers
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According to Aol, the government is sending troops to other
countries including Somalia, the Central African Republic among others leaving
Uganda`s boundary with Kenya open and vulnerable to invasions by Pokot cattle
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Gilbert Olanya, the Kilak South MP who also doubles as the
Secretary-General of Acholi Parliamentary Group wants the government to deploy soldiers
along the borders between the Acholi and Karamojong community to enhance security
if the Karamojong cattle rustlers can’t be disarmed.
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Several herds of cattle in Agago district and parts of Lamwo
district have been raided by suspected armed Karamojong cattle rustlers with 35
of the rustlers killed in the past two months.