Kaabong district leadership has appealed to President Museveni to
intervene over the renewed cattle thefts by suspected armed Turkana
Since last Saturday, at least six raids occurred in different sub-counties of
Kakamar, Lodiko and Kaabong West. At least seven people have been killed in the
raids according to Rex Achilla, the Resident District Commissioner Kaabong.
He says that an estimated 500 cattle are reported to have been
raided and have never been recovered.
Achilla says that the raids have become a security threat to the region. He says
that peace meetings with the Turkana leadership on the continuous raids have
not yielded any results.
Mark Abuku, the district Chairperson, Kaabong says they have now resorted to
keeping animals in protected kraals.
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The 3rd Division Commander, Brig. Richard Otto says the UPDF is doing its best
to protect the people and their property. He attributes the cattle raids into
existence of porous border.
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While the raids are on the increase, President Museveni is expected to sign a
protocol with his Kenyan Counterpart, Uhuru Kenyatta, next month.
Both the Turkana and Karimojong Pastoralists have been stealing from each
other. The Karimojong take advantage of the Turkana animals when they enter
Uganda for pastures during dry season and the Turkana retaliate on their return
when rains start, according to Capt. Abert Arinaitwe, the 3rd Division