Unknown Cattle Rustlers Kill One In Lamwo

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In short
Lutuko village in Lawiye-Oduny parish, Madi Opei Sub-County in Lamwo district is gripped with shock and fear after unknown gunmen shot dead one of their residents in an attempted cattle raid mission. The gunmen reportedly sneaked into Uganda through the wide porous boundary corridors between Agoro and Madi-Opei Sub-Counties.

Lutuko village in Lawiye-Oduny parish, Madi Opei Sub-County in Lamwo district is gripped with shock and fear after unknown gunmen shot dead one of their residents in an attempted cattle raid mission.

The gunmen reportedly attacked the village on Friday night and freed several herds of cattle from the kraals before again way-laying village farmers on Saturday morning on their way to the gardens. 


Charles Obong Okwera, the Madi Opei Sub-County Chairperson LC3 told URN that eye witnesses said the armed rustlers forced the peasants to surrender oxen causing a fracas where a resident was shot dead. Obong said the deceased was identified as Johnson Olweny, aged 45 years.   

Obong disclosed that the attack is the second in Madi Opei in recent times. According to Obong suspected South Sudanese raided Okol community on July 3, 2018 and stole eight herds of cattle but where trailed by Uganda People's Defense Force (UPDF) and four cattle were recovered.  

Geoffrey Ninsiima, the Lamwo District Police Commander confirmed the incident saying the attack was orchestrated by South Sudanese rebels who raid neighboring Uganda boarder communities for food.  

By press time, Ninsiima said a combined force of Uganda Police, Anti Stock Theft Unit (ASTU) and the UPDF were pursuing the gunmen who sneaked into Uganda through the wide porous boundary corridors between Agoro and Madi-Opei Sub-Counties.  

However, Major Telesphor Turyamumanya the UPDF 4th Division Spokesperson dismissed the DPC's view point arguing that it's still premature to conclude that the raiders are South Sudanese rebels and is subject to further intelligence investigations.  

 

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