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Herdsmen Invade Otuke District

Patrick Okello, a resident says the herdsmen are a security threats to the area as some of them are grazing their animals in peoples gardens.

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More than 20 herdsmen alias as Balalo from Rakai district have entered Otuke district with more than 1, 000 cows in search of pasture and water for their animals.

John Wafula, the Otuke Resident District Commissioner, says the herdsmen have settled in Alunya Village, Olilim Sub County since they entered the district mid last week.

According to Wafula, the herdsmen entered the district without consulting the local authorities, something he says is wrong. Some residents are demanding for the immediate eviction of the herdsmen.

Patrick Okello, a resident says the herdsmen are a security threats to the area as some of them are grazing their animals in people's gardens. Okello says they have realised that some residents have hired their land to these herdsmen to graze their animals, something he opposes.

Okello argues that those who hired their land should have first consulted district authorities before inviting the herdsmen he describes as menace to the community.

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Cerino Acar, another resident wants the district security team to force the herdsmen out of Otuke. Acar says women who go to fetch fire wood and water have complained of harassment by the herdsmen.

The RDC John Wafula says their hands are tied since the herdsmen were invited to the area by some residents who hired them their land for grazing their animals. He blames the area leaders for accepting these people on their land and asked them not to complain.

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This is not the first time Balalo herdsmen are invading areas in Lango sub region to graze their animals.

In 2007, more than 50 Balalo herdsmen entered Akokoro Sub County in Apac district, the home area of former President Apollo Milton Obote. Residents ganged up against the herdsmen and expelled them from the district forcefully.

Police arrested 21 people for allegedly using machetes and guns to attack and evict the herdsmen.

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