Cattle rustling was a money- spinner business in Karamoja

BY STEVEN ARIONG KARAMOJA, UGANDA As the majority of Ugandans are still celebrating the achievement of disarmament exercise that has ended the killings and cattle rustling in Karamoja region, this celebration might not please all the leaders in the region who some of them had been also benefiting from cattle rustling activity in the region. Cattle rustling had turned into a booming business and some leaders were connected with rustlers and when the rustlers’ raid maybe 100 heads of cattle, 30 out of the 100 are given to the leaderRead More

Uganda is not sending troops to Nigeria, says UPDF

Uganda has denied reports that it plans to deploy soldiers to Nigeria to fight Boko Haram. The UPDF in a statement said reportsthat Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) was to deploy two Battalions to fight Boko Haram in Nigeria was baseless. “There is no force of the UPDF under preparation for such a deployment and the Government of Uganda has not sought for any clearance from the African Union (AU) to deploy to Nigeria as reported,” statement said. The statement added that the Ministry of Defence had never requested toRead More

Kenya, Uganda to establish a joint cross border cattle trade

He said establishing a joint cross border livestock market would help to cement relations between the two communities,which in the past. Ebenyo said establishing the joint market was delayed by insecurity,which could not permit developmentto take place in the region. Turkana county and Karamoja leaders have agreed to set up a joint cross border market to boost livestock trade among pastoralist communities. The officials of the two governments resolved this during a working visit to Moroto by the Turkana County government led by the County executive for Tourism, trade andRead More

Karamoja leaders warn investors against acquiring land

“Karamoja needs development and it has land but this land is communal land. So any investor who will buy any land in the region from an individual is buying problems,” Leaders of Karamoja region have warned foreign investors against using indigenous residents of Karamoja in order to acquire land. John Lorot, the district chairperson of Nakapiripirit sounded the warning while opening one-day regional trade meeting at Moroto district council hall. Lorot noted that individuals mislead investors to buy land without consent from landowners, which he said, might be a sourceRead More

Karamoja cattle branding Peace reduces theft

The Uganda government through the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) has set aside US$8.46 million (USh 2 billion) to carry out electronic cattle branding exercise in Karamoja region.   This was announced by Ketty Namero, the undersecretary in OPM recently during a one-day regional meeting on electronic cattle branding at Mt. Moroto hotel. In 2012, Government launched electronic cattle branding to get rid of cattle rustling in Karamoja. Namero noted that the government branded up to 80,000 cattle in the region during the first phase of electronic branding. TheRead More