Pader Residents Protest Return Of Herdsmen

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Residents of Alim Village in Ogom Sub-county in Pader District have staged a peaceful protest demanding the eviction of Nomadic herdsmen from their area.

Simon Omara, a resident in Alim Village says that hundreds of long-horned cattle were over the weekend clandestinely brought at night to their area by the herdsman.

He says some of the animals have already started destroying people’s gardens since the land they are being kept in is in fenced.

The Pader LCV Chairperson Godfrey Largo confirmed receiving complaints from the residents and noted that they will make an impromptu visit to the area to verify the allegations.

The Pader Resident District Commissioner Dusman Okee, however, rubbished the claim as baseless arguing that no herdsmen have returned in the district.

Thousands of Balalo herdsmen were evicted from Northern Uganda early last year following President Museveni’s directives issued in 2017.

The President in his directives ordered any herdsman keeping cattle in the region to fence off their land or vacate the region to avoid the animals from wandering into people’s gardens.

This followed several complaints raised by residents and leaders in the region that herding of cattle by Balalo herdsmen had led to many cases of land squabbles.

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