John Bosco Apaloris one of the pastoralists in Nakapelimoru Sub County in Kotido district said the current drought was posing risk to the animals health.
Goats and sheeps struggling to have a tast of water in the only working borehole in Moroto last week.
persistent drought in the Karamoja region has created a lot of worries among
The region has for last four months been hit by a dry spell that has dried up several
water sources and grass that the pastoralists have been grazing their
John Bosco Apaloris one of the pastoralists in Nakapelimoru Sub County in
Kotido district says that the current drought was posing risk to
the health of the animals.
He describes the current drought in the region as unfortunate adding that
several animals that had grown fat are now growing malnourished due to lack of pasture
According to Apaloris most of the rivers which used to help them water their animals
have also all dried up forcing the pastoralists to graze and water
their animals in Kobebe dam which could also dry up.
"Our cattle were very healthy when pasture and water were there
but since the drought started the health of our livestock is threatening
due to lack of enough water and pasture," he said.
John Dengel another pastoralist in Moroto appealed to the government to embark on
valley dams that can keep high levels of water even during
the dry spell.
thank the government for constructing some of the valley dams but most of
these valley dams are shallow they dry up very first because they don’t
water that can push the all drought season," he said.
Francis Kiyonga the LCV Chairperson of Amudat district said the current drought might again cause
conflicts among the pastoralists with the neighbouring districts.
“As leaders, we are not sure how to save the livestock because the
pastoralists of Amudat, Nakapiripirit and part of Napak always cross with
their livestock to the wetland areas of Lokilotor and Bunamutye in the
border between Kween and Bunamutye districts but all these wet areas have
been converted Chinese investor into rice Scheme,”
Joseph Lomonyang the LCV Chairperson Napak said
the current drought is worse compared to the dry spells that Karamoja has experienced
in the past.
Lotukei the LCV Chairperson of Kotido said the government needs to embark
on constructing a multipurpose dam that can help to keep water for animals