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Security Beefed in Kitgum, Agago over Cattle Thefts

The deployment of Local Defence Unit-LDU personnel follows intelligence reports of an intended raid by Karimojong warriors as the festive season approaches, according to security sources.
A boy herds cattle in Orom Subcounty, one of the hotspots of cattle theft by Karimojong warriors.1

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There has been heightened deployment of security personnel along porous border points of Kitgum and Agago Districts to avert the invasion of armed cattle thugs from the neighbouring Karamoja Region.

The deployment of Local Defence Unit-LDU personnel follows intelligence reports of an intended raid by Karimojong warriors as the festive season approaches, according to security sources.

Kitgum and Agago districts have been frequently invaded by suspected Karimojong warriors from the Jie Tribe in Kotido district. The vice tends to escalate around festive seasons like Christmas as cattle fetch high demand and market prices.  

Kitgum Resident District Commissioner William Komakech says that the deployment is aimed at strengthening security in areas of Orom and Namokora Sub counties that have been frequented by cattle thugs.

He says an earlier security deployment in porous areas of Orom Sub County which had been registering high influx of Karimojong cattle thugs saw at least 10 hardcore cattle thugs shot dead last month.

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Komakech, however, cautioned the local farmers in the hotspot areas to maintain vigilance and avoid leaving their cattle to roam freely.

In Agago District, three cattle were looted on Monday evening after armed suspected Karimojong cattle thugs raided Lawee village in Adillang sub-county.

Adillang sub-county LCIII Chairperson, Muhammad Okwir says that that the thugs took advantage of a lapse in the security provided by local vigilante to raid the kraal.  He noted that security personnel were informed of the incident and promised to trail the suspects.

Jacob Amooti, Acting Resident District Commissioner Agago confirmed receiving reports of the raid in an interview with URN on Tuesday.

He says security personnel comprising of Anti-Theft Stock Unit [ASTU] and LDU are hunting for the suspects.

Amooti, however, says the district security committee has drawn plans to intensify deployment of LDUs in border points known to be frequented by the cattle thugs to access Agago district.

“We have had some engagements with the security committee and resolved to carry out more sensitization in the communities bordering Karamoja on cattle safety. We are also going to beef up the deployment of LDU’s in those hot spots to keep the suspected cattle thieves out of the district,” says Amooti.

At least 102 cattle and 11 goats have been stolen from farmers and three people shot dead by Karimojong cattle thugs in Orom Sub-county, Kitgum District since the year began.