Karimojong rustlers extend their raids to Teso and Acholi. Members of Parliament from the Teso and Acholi sub-regions have urged the Government to rein in on the rampant cattle thefts and related murders in the region.
The Members of Parliament believe attacks are being carried out by Karimojong cattle rustlers. According to Usuk County MP, Hon. Bosco Okiror, the growing insecurity in Katakwi and Kapelebyong districts and the neighboring areas people are spending sleepless nights in fear of being harmed and their livestock taken.
“In a security meeting on Monday this week, it was unequivocally stated that in the village of Guya-Guya in Usuk County, people were at a constant risk of losing their homes because of cattle rustling,” he said.
It is believed that about 10 people have lost their lives and over 200 heads of cattle have been lost, with no hope of recovery and the residents of the villages affected by the raids have chosen to move inwards and away from their settlements because of the insecurity they are faced with.
The Members of Parliament have urged the Government through the Ministry for Security to commit itself to deploy heavy security in the areas bordering Teso and Karamoja sub-regions to curb the cattle rustling.
Hon. Silas Aogon the MP for Kumi Municipality has proposed that government should not only deploy security but also compensate the families that lost their loved ones and also had their livestock stolen.
In response to the matter the Minister of State for Internal Affairs, Gen. David Muhoozi, has extended his sympathy to the families affected by the insecurity and cattle rustling and pledged the government’s efforts to intervene in the matter.
“We want to work out a plan and promise to have a solution to the matter within three months; we shall place more boots on the ground and equipment,” he said.
Gen. Muhoozi added that it would take a lot of planning and when a comprehensive action is to be implemented, it will be presented on the Floor of Parliament.