- The Uganda-South Sudan border remains porous creating a lee way for South Sudanese to easily cross into Uganda
- Only a few animals have returned on their own
- The leaders plan to have dialogue with their counterparts in South Sudan
By Ronald Debo
Moyo-Uganda’s Chief of Defense Forces (CDF) Gen David Muhoozi, has said they would use all means to recover the cattle of locals that were raided in Moyo.
Two weeks ago, armed military men from South Sudan raided Padiga village in metu Sub-county and raided over 800 herds of cattle. Gen Muhoozi said during a meeting with the district leaders in Moyo that: “We assure you that we shall do all it takes to recover the stolen animals. We shall also deploy a chopper to help us recover and recruit and train local defence forces in the area.”
The locals whose cattle were raided in two scenarios wants government to compensate them in case the UPDF and police failed to recover the animals. Last week during the recovery process, a UPDF soldier was killed.
The South Sudanese military men usually turn up in big numbers to raid the cattle. Metu and Lefori Sub-counties has been suffering from the external aggressions by the South Sudanese military men.
It has remained unclear whether the raid was carried out by the opposition rebel groups, cattle rustlers of South Sudan national army. The Deputy Spokesperson for SPLA-IO last week said they were not responsible for the raid. But he instead accused the South Sudan Army for carrying out the raid.
The South Sudan army or authorities in Yei state have not made any response to the claims by the opposition military spokesperson.