leaders in Lamwo District have expressed concern over the recurrent attacks and
raids by suspected South Sudanese armed men.
James Ochola, the Speaker of Lamwo
district says the suspected armed attackers from South Sudan have been
terrorizing the sub-counties of Madi Opei, Agoro, Lokung, and Potika since 2018.
Ochola says the attackers, who he described as the Dinka Bor, have settled at
the border between Nimule and South Sudan, specifically, along the tributaries
of Acwa and Nyimur, which are found both in Uganda and South Sudan.
He says the armed men frequently move within the sub-counties at the border,
rough up the locals, and steal their animals before retreating to their
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Ochola reveals that the attackers have carried out frequent raids since
the year began, with 138 animals so far raided from Nyimur sub-county, and only
ten were recovered last Saturday.
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Ochola says the most recent attack was on Tuesday in Techwa Village, Okol
parish in Madi Opei Sub-county.
During the attack, the armed men, estimated to be 20, armed with guns,
knives, and sticks pierced one of the victims with a bayonet and he is admitted at Kitgum Government Hospital.
were severely beaten and the two pairs of oxen they were using to cultivate
their gardens were taken by the assailants.
Ochola notes that among the actions they want to be taken is setting up
detaches near the local population.
In 2020, the army opened up four new detaches in Madi-Opei Sub-County to
counter the cattle theft by armed south Sudanese thugs in the villages of
Orogo, kurukuba, Lawiyeoduny, Kirombe, and Lotuku.
However, Ochola says the detaches are 18 kilometers away from the local
population, which creates a leeway for the armed men to attack people anytime.
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the LCIII chairperson of Nyimur sub-county, says the exact number of the armed
men, who have already settled at the border is not known. He says when they followed the armed men two
months ago the affected population says they always move in groups of twos and
threes with arms.
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Denis Onyon, the LCIII Chairperson Agoro sub-county says the government
restocking programs such as PRDP and Nusaf, is not helping the beneficiaries in
such areas because the animals are always stolen by the armed men.
Onyon estimates that the number of animals that have been stolen from Agoro and
Madi Opei sub-counties since the year began, is between 400-500.
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Sisto Oyet, the LCV Chairperson Lamwo reveals that they have set up an
appointment with officials of South Sudan to address the matter.
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In March, suspected
South Sudanese warriors killed two people and made away with 108 heads of
cattle in Madi Opei sub-County in Lamwo district.