Weak Governance Leading Cause of Cattle Raid in Lamwo

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Lamwo district has registered over 100 cases of cattle raids since January with the most affected sub counties being Madi Opei and Agoro that neighbor South Sudan.

According to Mr. Charles Obong Okwera, the Madi Opei Sub County Chairperson; a sub county most known for roaming animals says that his area has suffered the brunt of cattle raids over the years because his people are not bothered about the safety of their animals.

Meanwhile, Mr. Denis Onyon, the Agoro subcounty Chairperson said much as a number of measures have been put in place by the Sub County and district authorities, there are still non-compliant residents who do not make close watch of their livestock.

He also notes that much as the loose system of governance in neighboring South Sudan is to blame for the raids, the advanced age of most security personnel in his sub county makes them ineffective.

He asked residents to closely watch their animals as a supplement to the increased deployment along the borders with South Sudan.

Lamwo Resident District Commissioner, Mr. James Nabinson Kidega Nok revealed that they have increased the number of armed personnel at the border. He also said that security teams recovered most of the animals that had been looted. He said livestock raids will soon become history in Lamwo district since a number of measures are already underway.

He asked locals to liaise with his office in a bid to ensure safety of livestock that the communities in Lamwo take pride in as a source of wealth.

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