By Stephen Candia
The area member of parliament for Obongi County in Moyo district has decried the new strategy employed by the cattle keepers to steal cattle and grab land in the region.
Speaking during a press briefing yesterday at Golden Courts Fungaroo Kaps Hassan noted that most of the cattle keepers now move in the villages to look for work of looking after animals of the locals.
He added that after begging for and securing the work, they begin to slot in their animals and when their employer discovers it and questions them, they complicate the contract terms by alerting security personnel and making huge demands before they leave.
According to the Legislator, areas of Delo, Gango, Dilo Kata, Liwa north and south that are virgin grazing land have become a big target of the cattle keepers, whom he says use the office of the 309 brigade commander, the RDC, DPC, DISO among others to entrench themselves in the area.
“We have come to know that there is a big conspiracy to grab the oil rich land of West Nile and as a County, we have come to stop this fraudulent land grabbing by the cattle keepers.
In a recent meeting held at Obongi town, many locals also revealed how the cattle keepers steal animals from among themselves and from the locals and shift them from one village to another.
The locals also claimed that the cattle thieves burry the stolen animals halfway underground for two to three days, which makes them to lose fur on their bodies and develop a different color on their bodies.
Willy Bore and Sebi Asua are the latest victims of the cattle theft, which has rocked Moyo and Yumbe districts while a month ago, two trucks of cattle belonging to locals of Lefori Sub County in Moyo district were intercepted at Luwero by the police and returned to Moyo.
Captain Rutatara Fred and James Mushabe, leaders of the Balaalo in Moyo and Yumbe who are believed to have been expelled from Tanzania in 2008 have since left Moyo for Adjumani and Amuru districts.
However the leaders of West Nile are scheduled to meet this weekend in Arua over the issue of refugees and the Balaalo infiltration in to the region.