Raiders kill herder, drives away 150 heads of cattle in Kapoeta North
AUTHOR: William Lonyia | PUBLISHED: March 20, 2023
A herder poses for photograph in Eastern Equatoria State. Cattle are reportedly a source of insecurity among pastoralist communities in the country | Credit | Reuters
Cattle rustlers killed a herder and drove away 150 heads of cattle in Kapoeta North County in Eastern Equatoria State at the weekend, officials have told Singaita FM.
They say raiders attacked Lopokori cattle camp on Saturday afternoon, leaving another herder injured.
The County Commisioner, Emmanuel Lolimo, suspected that the raiders came from Kimotong Payam of Budi County after youth trailed them.
Accompanied by senior state officials, including Jennifer Nabongorika; state minister of gender and social welfare; and Charles Lokonoi, advisor to the state governor, Lolimo said he visited the cattle to witness the aftermath of the attack.
“The cattle camp came under attack by some criminals from the Buya community; they attacked the herders at the grazing fields,” Lolimo said.
For her part, Nabongorika condemned the attack, saying youth should be discouraged from engaging in cattle raiding.
“The government should join handswith traditional authorities to create awareness on the importance of peace,” she added.
Several attempts to reach Budi County authorities for comment were not immediately successful.