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Pastoralists Given Two Weeks to Leave Lamwo District

According to Kidega, the residents are accusing the pastoralists of entering their land illegally and grazing cattle in their gardens. He adds that a number of community members have been mistreated after complaining about the mayhem caused by the animals.
Lamwo Resident District Commissioner James Nabinson Kidega

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Authorities in Lamwo have issued a two-week ultimatum for all nomadic pastoralists to leave the district, or face forceful eviction. Lamwo Resident District Commissioner James Nabinson Kidega issued the directive after concerns by residents over the illegal entry of pastoralists in the sub-counties of Palabek Abera, Palabek Gem and Palabek Ogili.   

According to Kidega, the residents are accusing the pastoralists of entering their land illegally and grazing cattle in their gardens. He adds that a number of community members have been mistreated after complaining about the mayhem caused by the animals.

Kidega says the move to evict the pastoralists is also in line with a presidential directive issued in 2018 following public outcry on the destruction of crops on the land where animals were being grazed, harassment of indigenous communities and the reported involvement in grabbing land in the region.

Kidega says the herdsmen now have up to May 12 to peacefully leave the areas or else they will be evicted forcefully.

//Cue in; “Akwedo maber…

Cue out….mito bedo kwedgi.”//

Chris Ogen, a resident of Beogoya village in Anaka parish, says locals have continuously complained about the pastoralists who have been seen ferrying animals on trucks into their area.

Ogen says that the pastoralists have been presenting  agreements claiming to have hired the land to graze their animals, whenever the residents demanded their eviction. According to Ogen, the most invaded villages include Pawich, Anaka South, Anaka and Beogoya and Aja-Ogaya in Anaka parish in Palabek Gem Sub County.  

The Palabek Gem Sub County Chairperson Patrick Olal says the herdsmen who invaded the area months ago have settled with close to over 2,000 animals in Anaka parish with more still coming in. 

Olal says some landowners who hired their land to the pastoralists are to blame for the invasion since they reached agreements without the knowledge of the area leaders and clan heads. According to Olal, the agreements indicate that the land has been hired at between two and four million Shillings per year for a period of over 5-years.

//Cue in; “coming to….

Cue out….myero wami.”//

The Palabek Ogili Sub County Chairperson Christopher Omal says the pastoralists are migratory and always enter into his area on a daily basis from the neighbouring villages of Okidi parish in Atiak Sub County in Amuru district. According to Omal, the herdsmen who are reported to be armed have been grazing over 1,000 animals that have destroyed crops in the villages of Apyeta West and Alali in Apyeta parish and Padwat West and Padwat Northwest village in Padwat parish.

//Cue in; “iOgili gi bino…

Cue out…kelo atubatuba.”//

However one of the pastoralists who preferred speaking in anonymity says they have in their possession agreements with the landlords and warns to drag those behind the impending eviction to court since they have documents that warrant them to stay in the area. 

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