Apac weighs ban to curb livestock theft

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Livestock farmers in Apac district are bitter with the authorities for failing to curb the growing theft of animals in the district.

The thieves target cows, goats, pigs and sheep which are sold in South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo and the neighbouring districts of Masindi and Gulu.

The most affected livestock farmers are from Akokoro, Ibuje and Nambieso sub counties.

Despite several complaints and reports to the district security committee, farmers say no action has been taken to provide security or apprehend the culprits.

Mr. Patrick Ogwang a resident Awila cell, Akokoro sub county, Apac district narrates that the thieves sneaked into his compound a few days to Easter season and stole 15 out of 20 pigs he had; forcing him to close the piggery business.

Though Police said they are aware of the matter when Voice of Lango contacted them, the district police Commander Mr. Alfonse Ojangole called on the public to continue providing information on the thieves in order for them to follow and arrest the culprits.

Apac district deputy resident District commissioner Mr. John Robert Omuut told reporters that the district leaders are aware of the increasing theft of animals and it plans to impose a ban on the movement of livestock at night as a way of curbing the theft.

The Grade one Magistrates, His worship Jude Okumu told the sub county leaders at the swearing in ceremony for the sub county councillors of Nambieso and Apac sub county on Friday at Apac Magistrates’ court that, his office has in the last two months, registered several cases of animal theft, which he forwarded to the district security committee but security officials are yet to respond to his report.

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