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Suspected Armed South Sudanese Raid Cattle in Lamwo :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Suspected Armed South Sudanese Raid Cattle in Lamwo

The Lamwo Resident District Commissioner James Nabinson Kidega says during the pursuit, the security had a brief gunfire exchange with the armed rustlers believed to be eight in number in the areas of Lolum and Ore-4 hills bordering Madi Opei on Tuesday morning.

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More than 100 herds of cattle were on Monday night reportedly stolen from Lawiye Oduny parish, Madi Opei Sub County in Lamwo district by armed suspected cattle thieves from South Sudan.

It’s reported that the armed South Sudanese reportedly made an incursion into Lotuku village at around 11 pm and broke into a communal kraal for livestock farmers in Lawiye Oduny parish and raided over 100 herds of cattle.  

Fred Oryem one of the affected livestock farmers says the community was only informed about the theft by the army that came to guard the community kraal as usual only to realize that the animals were already missing.  

Oryem says the rustlers could have taken advantage of the absence of security at the kraal and the night rain drizzle to steal the animals.  

  //Cue in: “dyangi gikwalo….

Cue out: ….ngwec ikor gi”//

 The Lotuku village LCI Chairperson Vincent Oyet says that after receiving information the community mobilized themselves and accompanied the army and managed to recover 15 herds of cattle at night as they followed animal footprints that headed towards South Sudan.

The Lamwo Resident District Commissioner James Nabinson Kidega says during the pursuit, the security had a brief gunfire exchange with the armed rustlers believed to be eight in number in the areas of Lolum and Ore-4 hills bordering Madi Opei on Tuesday morning.

According to Kidega, the brief shoot out implored the armed rustlers to abandon 70 herds of animals that have already been recovered although the bandits managed to escape with few animals into South Sudan. 

  //Cue in: “now joni okwalo….  

Cue out: ….dugu kwede”//    

Kidega says authorities of the border bomahs of Tsretenya and Payam and his counterpart of the Ikotos County in Eastern Equatorial State of South Sudan have been notified about the raid in a bid to try to intercept the raiders and recover the animals.  

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