These include cattle keepers who failed to fence off their land and provide water sources and those without adequate land for their animals.
80,000 heads of cattle in northern Uganda belong to non-compliant migrant
cattle keepers. These include cattle keepers who failed to fence off their land and provide water sources and those without adequate land for their animals.
This category of people was given three weeks effective November 3, 2023, to vacate the areas of Acholi, Lango, and West Nile sub-region. The
ultimatum follows an executive order issued by President Yoweri Museveni on May 19 that the cattle keepers leave the area for being indisciplined
and leaving their animals to destroy crops.
phase of the eviction which is expected to start today is
aimed at those on unfenced land, on government ranches, and those
without water sources for their animals.
State Minister for Northern Uganda Grace
Freedom Kwiyucwiny told journalists in
Gulu on Friday that although they are ready to implement the order, the
timeline for the eviction is unknown because the implementation involves many leaders
yet over 80,000 heads of cattle that can’t be driven out in one day or a month.
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She said all
the districts affected have held security meetings and are finalizing the three
aspects of the compliance; assessing fences, water sources, and the number of
animals per piece of land holding them.
that they are prioritizing the eviction of non-compliant cattle owners such as
those whose animals overwhelm the piece of land holding them. She notes
that cattle owners with many animals will have to either sell the animals or take the excess away.
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appealed to area leaders who may not be part of the implementing teams to cooperate in identifying non-compliant cattle keepers but not implement eviction
incidences where more than ten locals were arrested in Palaro Sub County on
Wednesday and Friday, for rallying locals to evict the pastoralists.
that it is only the work of the security committee and leaders assigned to implement
the eviction, while the others should only notify the implementation team of
the locations of the non-migrant cattle owners.
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