This follows a protracted outcry by residents from the six villages of Lakang, Bana, Lujoro, Omee, Lwak Obito and Pailyech in Amuru Sub County, of continued disturbances by livestock herded by the pastoralists in the area.
President Yoweri Museveni has directed Amuru District leaders, backed by the military and police, to
hold pastoralists accountable for the destruction caused by their livestock on
the community crop gardens.
This follows a protracted outcry by residents from the six
villages of Lakang, Bana, Lujoro, Omee, Lwak Obito and Pailyech in Amuru Sub County, of continued disturbances by livestock, herded
by the pastoralists in the area.
In 2017, President Museveni, through Minister of
Agriculture ordered the pastoralists to
vacate Lakang land but the directives were never heeded to. In March,
Amuru District Security Committee also resolved to evict the nomads without success.
Amuru Resident District Commissioner Geoffrey Oceng Osborn
disclosed to URN that they had already issued a seven-day ultimatum for the pastoralists to
vacate and many have complied but a few have remained adamant.
in; “That was a...
Cue out...this land.”//
While campaigning in Gulu City on Monday, President
Museveni said he was shocked to hear that the pastoralists were still grazing in Lakang and have continued to cause unprecedented mayhem on the local
in; “But I agree…
Cue out…to enforce it.”//
In 2019, the government through the Ministry of Lands Housing and
Urban Development disbursed more than 11 billion Shillings as compensation to
114 of the 209 landowners. However, the compensated and those yet to be compensated
have been hiring the land to the Balalo for grazing their cattle.
The presence of the pastoralists whose origin remains sketchy but are linked to Rwanda has also been reported in other parts of Acholi sub-region with large herds of cattle. The areas include Atiak Sub-Count and Palaro in neighbouring Gulu and Angagura Sub-County in Pader District.
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.