Thousands of people yesterday marched through the streets of Kotido town to highlight the worsening famine situation in Karamoja sub-region. The demonstrators led by the Rt. Rev Bishop James Nyachak of Kotido Church of Uganda Diocese carried placards and banners calling on government and the international community to urgently address the alarming famine situation in Karamoja. The demonstrators later gathered at Kotido Church of Uganda where they were addressed by Bishop Nyachak. The Bishop appealed to the Karimojong tribesmen to immediately embark on agriculture in the green belts that are in the sub-region to avoid surviving on handouts. Nyachak urged people to occupy areas of Nabwal, Apeitolim, Lopisang and Morungole valleys which are very fertile for the growth of food crops. In other news, Turkana cattle rustlers yesterday attacked Jie County in Kotido district and raided 70 heads of cattle before crossing back to Kenya. Capt. Henry Obbo, the Eastern Uganda Army Spokesperson, says the raid was as a result of an alliance gone sour because the Jie had allegedly been in alliance with the Turkana protect themselves from the Bokora. He says the army cannot allow ethnic and tribal alliances to prevail in Karamoja. // Cue in: i Cue out i# Capt. Obbo says the army has appealed to the Kenyan army to help in the recovery of the animals.
Updated: 19 May, 11:3311:33
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