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Security Recovers 172 Cattle Raided from Otuke in Four Months :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Security Recovers 172 Cattle Raided from Otuke in Four Months

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Patrick Jimmy Okema, the North Kyoga Regional Police Spokesperson said security have devised new methods of countering the raiders including security night patrols and keeping all animals in a communal protected kraal.
Locals fleeing Otuke with their animals in fear of the cattle raiders (Photo by Immaculate Amony)

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A joint security team in Otuke has recovered 172 heads of cattle that were raided by suspected Karamojong cattle raiders since the beginning of the year. According to police reports, out of the 273 cattle that were raided, only 172 have been recovered by the Uganda People’s Defense Forces and Anti-Stock Theft Unit. 

Two people have also been injured in the raids, with Tony Ogwal being shot in the leg on February 19th, and Innocent Okello shot in the neck with a bow and arrow on February 21st. The raiding has been intensifying in the areas of Olilim, Ogwete, and parts of Ogor sub-county in Otuke district and Adwir sub-county in Alebtong district. 

Patrick Jimmy Okema, the North Kyoga Regional Police Spokesperson, said security has devised new methods of countering the raiders, including security night patrols and keeping all animals in a communal protected kraal. 

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However, Okema accused local leaders of politicizing the situation and not cooperating with security. He advised the locals to volunteer information regarding the raids if security is to act accordingly.

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Local leaders argued that the raiders have their own means of countering the security measures in place, rendering them useless. Peter Omara, the LCI chairperson of Acan-Pii II village, wondered how keeping animals in a protected kraal will save the situation when the raiders are breaking locks and cutting chains to steal animals kept in houses and those tied to trees, respectively. 

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Sam Opio, the area councilor of Acan-Pii parish, stated that the soldiers deployed at the border are few in number and cannot patrol the whole area, leaving it vulnerable. Luo bite:

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Meanwhile, Isaac Apenyo alias Okwas, the LCIII Chairperson of Omoro sub-county in Alebtong district, advised locals in his area to consider defending their animals using bows and arrows and spears instead of taking them to a protected kraal, saying it is not a safe option.

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Last week, area leaders under their umbrella of Lango District Chairpersons' and Mayor's Forum organized a sub-regional council meeting to discuss the predicament caused by the Karamojong cattle raiders in the districts of Otuke and Alebtong.

However, security halted the meeting on the grounds that it was not only illegally organized but also meant to incite locals to protest against the government.

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