The army has
deployed heavily along the Otuke- Abim border to stop Karamojong cattle rustlers
from invading the area. The soldiers are
deployed at Alir parish, Ogwete Sub-county in Otuke district.
Over the last few weeks, several residents fled their homes and relocated their
animals for fear of being raided. Early this week, a joint security operation
recovered 24 heads of cattle that were raided by the suspected Karamojong
Amos Nsamba, the UPDF’s 5th Division Spokesperson says the deployment is aimed
at curbing cattle raids in the area. Nsamba says that the army has also been
deployed in Kapelebyong, Amuria, and Katakwi in the Teso sub-region.
The deployment has caused excitement among some locals who say the Karamojong
rustlers started terrorizing them last year when the Police Anti-Stock Theft
Unit (ASTU) were withdrawn from the area, leaving them vulnerable.
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tye kede yic ayom.”//
Ocen, a resident of Ogwete sub-county believes that their animals will be safe
and will be free to plough their gardens.
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and start ploughing.”//
Richard Epila, the Alir parish councilor in Ogwete sub-county is excited that at last, his
voters are happy with the presence of the soldiers.
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people of Ogwete.”//
However, Mambo Faith, the District Internal Security Officer called on the locals
to support the soldiers in the operations.