Orom Sub County Residents Probed for Conniving with Cattle Rustlers

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William Komakech, the Kitgum Resident District Commissioner, says that there is information linking some residents to cases of cattle thefts in the sub county. He explains that the residents lead the attackers to the kraals to steal cattle.

Security officials in Kitgum district are investigating residents of Orom sub-county for allegedly conniving with cattle rustlers from South Sudan. 

On Wednesday, seven armed cattle rustlers with the help of local informers raided Lamogi village, Kiteny parish in Orom sub-county, Kitgum district and stole four herds of cattle. 

The attackers shot and injured Tito Olworo, a resident of Lamogi village. Uganda Peoples Defense Force- UPDF soldiers at Wang-lango detach repulsed and killed one of attackers. 

William Komakech, the Kitgum Resident District Commissioner, says that there is information linking some residents to cases of cattle thefts in the sub county.  He explains that the residents lead the  attackers to the kraals to steal cattle. 

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According to army records,  three cattle rustlers have been killed in Orom sub-county in the last past three years. 

Quirino Olum, the Orom sub-county Chairperson said cattle rustling is common in the area. He explains that  criminals are taking advantage of the thin presence of security personnel. 

On July 3, 2018, South Sudanese gunmen raided Lutuko village in Lawiye-Oduny parish, Madi Opei Sub-County in neighboring Lamwo district and shot dead a resident during a cattle raid. The attack was the second in Madi Opei sub-county.

In May, one rustler was gunned down by the UPDF in an attack on the Agoro community still in Lamwo district. Agoro has experienced sporadic attacks by suspected Lokwa.

Maj Telesphor Turyamumanya, the UPDF 4th Division spokesperson says the army it is yet to recruit 2000 Local Defense Unit (LDU) personnel to strengthen the leaky Uganda-South Sudan border security and prevent livestock theft.
 

 

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Dominic Ochola
Dominic Ochola has been a journalist since 2009 beginning his career at Radio King 90.2 FM and Radio Rupiny 95.7 FM under Vision Group as Sub Editor for Rupiny Newspaper until 2014.

He also had one year spell as Reporter at the faith based Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm under Irene Gleeson Foundation in 2015 before joining Uganda Radio Network (URN) in 2016 as Special Projects Correspondent.

In 2018, he was redeployed by URN as Bureau Chief East Acholi based in Kitgum and later West Acholi based in Gulu City. For Ochola, URN is a modern day newsroom that inspires engaging citizen-driven journalism.