The herdsmen were evicted by a group of vigilante youths led by the Lolwa and Gule parish councillors. The group escorted the pastoralists alongside their animals estimated to be over 200 in number to the Sub County headquarters.
Several pastoralists have been forcefully ejected from Orom Sub County in Kitgum district.
herdsmen were evicted by a group of vigilante youths led by the Lolwa and Gule parish councillors. The group escorted the pastoralists alongside their animals
estimated to be over 200 in number to the Sub County headquarters.
Orom Sub County LCIII Chairperson Johnson Acellam Toodera says that the locals acted
in the enforcement of the November 2, directive by President Yoweri Museveni, in which he issued a two months ultimatum for the pastoralists to
vacate the Northern Uganda region.
President Museveni issued the directive after reports that the pastoralists were invading people’s
land and engaging in political activities.
to Toodera, the herdsmen had occupied the villages of Akadojwat and Agoromin in
Gule parish and their presence was reportedly causing tension between them and
the host community.
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Gule Parish Councilor III Paul Olanya says they mobilized to evict the herdsmen
because prior to their expulsion, the pastoralists had clashed with local
residents on numerous occasions over ownership of the land amidst community
locals had accused David Akera and David Oringa all residents of Akadojwat
village of renting out part of land belonging to the family of Moses Bongomin
to the pastoralists which had spurred a land conflict over the land being
occupied by the herdsmen.
says in addition to their illegal stay in the area, the invasion was breeding war
between them and the locals who allege being deprived access to a community
dam within the area and that their animals were reportedly destroying crop
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some of the pastoralists say that they had hired the said land and are in
possession of agreements granting them stay until the end of the dry season in
of the pastoralists identified as Fred Murokole decried the forceful eviction
saying they will drag those behind the eviction to court because they are
legally occupying the land on which they have been grazing their animals.
Kitgum Resident District Commissioner William Komakech says the eviction was
peaceful since the police have not registered any case of violence against the
says the evicted pastoralists were in early December last year issued with a
two weeks ultimatum to vacate the land they had occupied and some heeded the
directive although others remained adamant.