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Kaabong Leaders Petition Museveni over Cattle Raids

At least seven people have been killed in the raids according to Rex Achilla, the Resident District Commissioner Kaabong.
3rd Division Commander, Brig. Richard Otto.

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Kaabong district leadership has appealed to President Museveni to intervene over the renewed cattle thefts by suspected armed Turkana Pastoralists. 

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 Spokesman.