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Residents Hack Stray Animals in Omoro District

Cassava and grain plantations have since been razed as animals tramp on vegetation across several villages in the district. But with the destruction came the rampant death of animals, in what is believed to be an act of vengeance by those being angered by the damages.
19 Mar 2021 15:33
Many livestock farmers in Acholi leave their aniamls to roam during dry season - Photo by Dominc Ochola

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Unidentified attackers have intensified the hacking of stray animals in Omoro District.

Households rearing goats, sheep and cattle often release their animals to graze under a free-range system during the dry season running from November to March, every year. Consequently, stray animals destroy crop gardens in communities around them.

Cassava and grain plantations have since been razed as animals tramp on vegetation across several villages in the district. But with the destruction came the rampant death of animals, in what is believed to be an act of vengeance by those being angered by the damages.

Walter Okeca, the Chairperson of Aremo Sub Ward in Aremo Sub-County told URN that up to seven head of cattle were brutally hacked in the area by unknown people within the past one week. He adds that the residents are suspecting bricklayers and people whose cops are still in the garden.

Although the village hasn’t passed any bylaw to control the unnecessary movement of animals, Okeca rallied residents to impound such animals until their owners compensate them for the lost crops.

Christopher Odongo, an elder in a neighbouring Community Ward said that they have lost several animals especially cattle and goats that have been maliciously killed. Similarly, Steven Ongwech, a resident of Kecodugu village whose cattle and goats were mercilessly hacked by the attackers says that he found some of the animals dead while others had deep wounds.

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Jimmy Patrick Okema, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson confirmed that they receive numerous cases of malicious damage to property and violence meted against domestic animals. He warned livestock farmers against allowing animals to loiter and sometimes causing road accidents.

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A recent report released by the Aswa River Region Traffic Police attributes the increasing cases of road accidents especially among motorcyclists to stray animals on the roads during the dry season, reckless driving, over speeding drunkenness among others.

Section 1 of the Animals Straying Act 1992, allows an administrative, veterinary or police officer or inspecting officer to seize any animal found straying. Under Section 2, if the owner of an animal fails to collect it, then the Magistrate can order the animal to be sold off.

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