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Fresh cattle raids threaten Uganda, Kenya peace pact

Monday December 30, 2019

 

Fresh cross-border cattle raids in Karamoja are threatening to tear apart a memorandum of understanding on peace and development, signed barely two months ago between Uganda and Kenya.

Uganda’s northeastern region has suffered a series of cattle raids which local leaders and security agencies say “have intensified since October” this year, with “several people killed and thousands of cattle lost.”


“It’s worrying because in Napak alone, seven warriors have been killed since November,” said Joseph Lomonyang, the district chairperson of Napak.


Mr Lomonyang said that local leaders have been holding inter-district meetings to stem the practice —which had been tamed through a disarmament programme between 2001 and 2010 that saw government recover more than 40,000 guns.

On the morning of December 17, renewed cattle rustling claimed the life of Dan Apollo, the local council chairperson of Rupa sub-County in Moroto district. He was shot dead while trying to intervene in efforts to retrieve cattle that had been stolen the previous night but later rescued and impounded by the army.


Maj Telesphor Turyamumanya, the spokesperson of the Uganda People’s Defence Force, third division confirmed that Mr Apollo was shot by a Local Defence Unit (LDU) vigilante who was involved in the joint rescue operation with the military.

On December 9, we encountered a unit of UPDF right after an operation in which they recovered 124 cattle in Napak district.


The section commander Yusuf Businge said the soldiers “exchanged fire with Turkana rustlers from northern Kenya, but they fled and left the cattle behind,” he said. “It has become rampant these days, but we come in to rescue if we get information in time.”

Renewed cross-border cattle theft is a setback to recent efforts by Kampala and Nairobi, with support from the United Nations, to take the development of pastoralist communities of Karimojong in Uganda, and the Turkana and Pokot in Kenya beyond the two countries as it is a human-rights issue, and touches on the United Nations sustainable development goals.


For example, on September 12, President Yoweri Museveni and his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta met in Moroto — the biggest town in Karamoja region — and witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding that is backed by the United Nations Development Programme.


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  • Fresh cattle raids threaten Uganda, Kenya peace pact

    Monday December 30, 2019

     

    Fresh cross-border cattle raids in Karamoja are threatening to tear apart a memorandum of understanding on peace and development, signed barely two months ago between Uganda and Kenya.

    Uganda’s northeastern region has suffered a series of cattle raids which local leaders and security agencies say “have intensified since October” this year, with “several people killed and thousands of cattle lost.”


    “It’s worrying because in Napak alone, seven warriors have been killed since November,” said Joseph Lomonyang, the district chairperson of Napak.


    Mr Lomonyang said that local leaders have been holding inter-district meetings to stem the practice —which had been tamed through a disarmament programme between 2001 and 2010 that saw government recover more than 40,000 guns.

    On the morning of December 17, renewed cattle rustling claimed the life of Dan Apollo, the local council chairperson of Rupa sub-County in Moroto district. He was shot dead while trying to intervene in efforts to retrieve cattle that had been stolen the previous night but later rescued and impounded by the army.


    Maj Telesphor Turyamumanya, the spokesperson of the Uganda People’s Defence Force, third division confirmed that Mr Apollo was shot by a Local Defence Unit (LDU) vigilante who was involved in the joint rescue operation with the military.

    On December 9, we encountered a unit of UPDF right after an operation in which they recovered 124 cattle in Napak district.


    The section commander Yusuf Businge said the soldiers “exchanged fire with Turkana rustlers from northern Kenya, but they fled and left the cattle behind,” he said. “It has become rampant these days, but we come in to rescue if we get information in time.”

    Renewed cross-border cattle theft is a setback to recent efforts by Kampala and Nairobi, with support from the United Nations, to take the development of pastoralist communities of Karimojong in Uganda, and the Turkana and Pokot in Kenya beyond the two countries as it is a human-rights issue, and touches on the United Nations sustainable development goals.


    For example, on September 12, President Yoweri Museveni and his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta met in Moroto — the biggest town in Karamoja region — and witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding that is backed by the United Nations Development Programme.


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  • Fresh cattle raids threaten Uganda, Kenya peace pact

    Monday December 30, 2019

     

    Fresh cross-border cattle raids in Karamoja are threatening to tear apart a memorandum of understanding on peace and development, signed barely two months ago between Uganda and Kenya.

    Uganda’s northeastern region has suffered a series of cattle raids which local leaders and security agencies say “have intensified since October” this year, with “several people killed and thousands of cattle lost.”


    “It’s worrying because in Napak alone, seven warriors have been killed since November,” said Joseph Lomonyang, the district chairperson of Napak.


    Mr Lomonyang said that local leaders have been holding inter-district meetings to stem the practice —which had been tamed through a disarmament programme between 2001 and 2010 that saw government recover more than 40,000 guns.

    On the morning of December 17, renewed cattle rustling claimed the life of Dan Apollo, the local council chairperson of Rupa sub-County in Moroto district. He was shot dead while trying to intervene in efforts to retrieve cattle that had been stolen the previous night but later rescued and impounded by the army.


    Maj Telesphor Turyamumanya, the spokesperson of the Uganda People’s Defence Force, third division confirmed that Mr Apollo was shot by a Local Defence Unit (LDU) vigilante who was involved in the joint rescue operation with the military.

    On December 9, we encountered a unit of UPDF right after an operation in which they recovered 124 cattle in Napak district.


    The section commander Yusuf Businge said the soldiers “exchanged fire with Turkana rustlers from northern Kenya, but they fled and left the cattle behind,” he said. “It has become rampant these days, but we come in to rescue if we get information in time.”

    Renewed cross-border cattle theft is a setback to recent efforts by Kampala and Nairobi, with support from the United Nations, to take the development of pastoralist communities of Karimojong in Uganda, and the Turkana and Pokot in Kenya beyond the two countries as it is a human-rights issue, and touches on the United Nations sustainable development goals.


    For example, on September 12, President Yoweri Museveni and his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta met in Moroto — the biggest town in Karamoja region — and witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding that is backed by the United Nations Development Programme.


    The MoU, dubbed Cross-Border Sustainable Peace and Development seeks to end hostilities among the three neighbouring communi