Residents and local leaders of Aremo Sub-County in Omoro District
want night movement of animals banned following increased livestock thefts.
The latest incident happened at Acwera Village in Tekulu Parish in
the wee hours of Monday morning when a man identified as Obura P’Odongo escaped
from police after he was found in possession of a stolen bull at 4:00 am.
An eye witness, Patrick Gwom, who was among his peers burning
their bricks along Okwir-Kochgoma access road says they alerted authorities
after they saw Obura herding a bull at the time of the night without a movement
The suspect was later arrested from Aremo Central Village in
Omwunycong Parish on Monday morning. Moses Ojok, the LCI Chairperson of
the village confirmed the suspect as Obura, adding that the stolen bull which
was later recovered belonged to Acwera Farmers Group under NUSAF II Project.
At least six families have reported the loss of six cattle to the
local authorities since January.
Walter Okeca, a member of the LCI executive says they have started
to create a network with their counterparts in neighbouring villages to enhance
security vigilance against any night-time transportation of livestock.
Vincent Oyaro, who lost his cow to the unscrupulous thieves
appealed to the local leaders and police to heighten their night patrol and
curfew to curtail criminal activities in the sub-county.
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Omoro District Police Commander, Hassan Mugerwa, regretted the incidents
of livestock thefts in isolated parts of the district. He, however, pledged a quick
response and closer collaboration with the local leaders once such a case is
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Local authorities say Aremo is the worst Sub-County affected by livestock
thefts meted against animals distributed under government interventions such as
NAADS, Operation Wealth Creation and Northern Uganda Social Action Fund.