Cattle keepers whose animals were raided during the Karamojong
insurgences in Bulambuli district have tasked President Yoweri Museveni to
consider compensating them for their lost livestock.
From 1985 to 1990, residents of lower Bulambuli in the sub-counties of Bukhalu,
Bunambutye, Bwikhonge, Bunalwere, Nabbongo, Buwanyanga, Muyembe and neighbouring
districts of Teso and Sebei were attacked by Karamojong cattle rustlers.
Daudi Ngongi, a resident of Bunalwere in Bwikhonge Sub County says the 1995
Karamojong insurgence has crippled their livelihood and are living in poverty.
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Peter Namkhola, another resident says that President Museveni started the
process of restocking animals in Teso, and Lango sub-regions but the exercise
is not yet to be launched in Bugisu sub-region.
Patrick Makowe, the LCI chairperson Bulumera village says the restocking exercise
will motivate the electorate to vote President Museveni and other NRM
candidates in the area.
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Bulambuli County, the Member of Parliament Alex Burundo asked the locals to stay
calm saying he will follow up with the line ministry.
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Last year, Bulambuli district authorities revealed plans to install microchips
in cattle to stem thefts which the district has been battling of late mainly by
the Karamojong rustlers who enter the district through Sebei region. In
March Last year, the district had registered over 150 cattle thefts.
This prompted the authorities to advise farmers to brand their animals and
install them with microchips for easy tracking in case they lose any.
Kirinya Ayubu is the URN Bureau Chief of Elgon/Bukedi Sub Regions . He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology from the same University.