Kitgum Leaders Protest Presence of Karamojong Herdsmen

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Over 300 herdsmen from Rengen sub-county in Kotido have invaded 15 villages in the two sub-counties grazing at least 1,000 animals in search for water and pasture. The incursion has threatened the security of the host community.

Residents and leaders in Orom and Akurumo sub-counties in Kitgum have protested the presence of Karamojong herdsmen in the area. This follows the devastation of water sources, bush burning and livestock thefts caused by the herdsmen's incursion.

Over 300 herdsmen from Rengen sub-county in Kotido have invaded 15 villages in the two sub-counties grazing at least 1,000 animals in search of water and pasture. The incursion has threatened the security of the host community.

Quirino Olum, the Orom sub-county LC 3 Chairperson says on Monday night a group of Karamajong  rustlers ransacked several homes and allegedly stole 48 goats including unspecified number of cattle before police and UPDF soldiers trailed them and recovered the animals.

Abraham Aturu Darabin, the Councillor Orom Sub County explains that residents have lost patience with the pastoralists.

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Modo David Lometo, the Kotido Resident District Commissioner says that it would be wrong to accuse the herdsman of stealing livestock. Lometo disclosed that there may be collaborators from among the host community who should be investigated.

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A whom it may concern letter authored from Kotido RDC's office instructed Lokulan Lokwameri the Rengen kraal leader to pay courtesy to the Orom local leadership to obtain guidance but he did not heed. 
Lokameri pleaded to no avail for them to stay following the harsh weather conditions back home. Kitgum Resident District Commissioner, Christopher Omara regretted the troubles being stirred by Karamojong herdsmen.  He however revealed that movement of the cattle keepers are under close surveillance.

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In Agago authorities have already banned Karamojong pastoralists from grazing animals in the district. They cited killing of residents, rape and rampant livestock thefts but leaders in Karamoja sub-region have protested the ban.