Suspected rustlers from Uganda raid 200 cows in Budi
AUTHOR: William Lonyia | PUBLISHED: May 30, 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
At least 200 heads of cattle have been reported raided by suspected rustlers from Uganda in Budi County, Eastern Equatoria State.
The administrator of Lotukei Payam, where the animals were raided, believes that the attackers came from the neighboring Kabong District of Uganda.
“Youth are still following them toward the direction of Kabong District, where the raiders headed to,” said Arkanjelo Loyaka, adding that the incident occurred on Friday night.
In a separate attack on the payam the following day, Loyaka said suspected youth from Ikoto attacked kraals at Napeded and drove away with 18 cows, binging the total number of the stolen animals to 218.
“At 2 PM, they raided cows at a place called Napeded, where they fought with cattle keepers, but managed to take 18 cows. There were no casualties,” the administrator stated.
Efforts to reach authorities in Kabong District and Ikwoto County for comments were not immediately successful.
However, Loyaka called upon his counterparts to look into the matter and bring to book the the culprits for peaceful coexistence.