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Nine Truckloads of Cattle Intercepted in Nwoya

The cattle mostly from the long-horned Ankole breed were intercepted following a tip-off while being transported at night, according to security officials in the district.
Long horned Ankole cattle breed being reared at Aswa Ranch in Pader District. Photo By Julius Ocungi

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Nwoya District security has turned away nine trucks which were loaded with more than 300  head of cattle belonging to pastoralists, in the latest move to curb illegal commercial cattle ranching.

The cattle mostly from the long-horned Ankole breed were intercepted following a tip-off while being transported at night, according to security officials in the district.

Nwoya Resident District Commissioner Christopher Omara told Uganda Radio Network on Wednesday that the cattle were being illegally ferried from Pader District by unknown people. He adds that those transporting the cattle had no proper documentation for vaccination, destination or authorization from the local leaders.

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According to Omara, the police escorted the trucks across the Karuma Bridge in Kiryandongo District, some 64 kilometres away before leaving them. He explains that whereas the district is implementing the presidential directive on the operation of pastoralists, they are facing hardship in stopping the illegal influx of animals that are being moved at night.

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Omara says the vice is frustrating their fight against animal diseases that have been constantly breaking out in various parts of the district.

About two weeks ago, the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries confirmed an outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease in the district. At least 15 samples collected from a livestock farm in Nyamokino Parish, Lungulu Sub-county tested positive for the highly contagious viral animal disease according to Dr Isiah Odokorach, the Nwoya District Veterinary Officer.

Lungulu Sub-County LCIII Chairperson Denis Atube says the continued illegal entry of cattle mostly from Western Uganda transported by Pastoralists is to blame for the persistent outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease.

Atube tasked the district security to improve surveillance on the illegal transportation of cattle at night to curb the current spread of diseases and land conflicts arising from dubious sales of land to pastoralists for cattle grazing.

Nwoya, like other districts in the Acholi Sub-region, is struggling to enforce a ban on the influx of Balaalo cattle herders in the area even after several sets of evictions were carried out.  

Early last year, a directive issued by the President and implemented by the State Minister for Internal Affairs Gen. David Muhoozi saw thousands of cattle driven out from Acholi, Lango, and West Nile Sub-regions.

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