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Herdsmen Want Security Personnel Deployed At Cattle Market

Recently, the RDC Moroto Peter Ken Lochap revealed that they have received intelligence reports that some thugs were plotting to attack traders in Nadunget market and loot property in retaliation for their stolen livestock. He said they were closely monitoring the reports.
28 Jan 2020 11:06

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The business community in Moroto and Nadunget Sub County have asked security agencies to deploy adequate security personnel in Nadunget Cattle market in Moro to district.    

Recently, the RDC Moroto Peter Ken Lochap revealed that they have received intelligence reports that some thugs were plotting to attack traders in Nadunget market and loot property in retaliation for their stolen livestock. He said they were closely monitoring the reports. 

Nadunget market attracts business people mainly from eastern and central Uganda who come to buy cattle and goats for beef.

Boas Ojangole, a cattle trader from Soroti town says that they need more security personnel at the market due to the high cases of livestock theft.

“Today we have registered two attempts of theft of bulls already bought by the business community. It was fortunate that we detected the plot and reported immediately. The police is helping us but I think the numbers are small. Let them deploy more police here, otherwise, sometimes there are chaos and we lose animals and money.” said Omongole.

Paul Aguma of Moroto Municipal Council says that without adequate security, business people could suffer losses from notorious thugs who grab property forcefully from the traders. He says for smooth trade, there is need to secure the market.  

“As a born of this area, we want more security officers to be brought to this market because there are people of different backgrounds here. We have cattle thieves here and they always team up,” said Aguma.

The Nadunget Sub County Chairperson, Rafael Lolem Epien said the sub-county has deployed fifteen police officers and LDUs every market day to ensure that the traders are secure.

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In 2018, warriors raided Kokoria market in Kotido and stole property valued at 21 million shillings. They looted items including clothing, livestock, beers, produce and general merchandise. Most traders have since boycotted the market. The market is 7 km west of Moroto town.

Last week, a military chopper was used to monitor the security situation around the market amid heavy deployment of the police.

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