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Kitgum Farmers Reject Maize Donation

by Wangah Wanyama
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By Dan Komakech & Ismael Jacob

The people of Namukora sub-county in Kitgum district have rejected the maize seed donated to by the Government through their woman representative in Parliament, Lillian Aber.

Aber had delivered 4,000 kilogrammes of maize seed and over 300 hand hoes to the would-be beneficiaries.

But the locals, mainly farmers in the Lipan Hunting Area, rejected the handout, arguing that the Government had failed to address their plight on the increasing insecurity by suspected Karimojong cattle raiders.

Francis Otong, one of the leaders of the farmers, said they cannot embark on anything productive such as farming following relentless attacks by raiders.

According to him, such seed donations will remain irrelevant to them if the Government is failing to address the security situation in the affected areas.

The aggrieved residents dramatically loaded the consignment of the rejected maize and other farm inputs onto the vehicle that delivered them.

Additionally, they alleged that they were not consulted on what type of seeds they want.

On her part, MP Aber assured the locals that many interventions, including increased security surveillance and deployments, are being made to try to salvage the innocent civilian populations suffering at the hands of the warriors.

Livestock business starved

Meanwhile, livestock business in Orom sub-county in Kitgum and the entire Agago district is failing following the relentless attacks in the areas by suspected cattle raiders.

Daniel Oyugi, a resident of Ladit Oywee village in Orom revealed that most of the livestock dealers in the area have halted the business as the cattle raiders scale up their activities.

He said livestock have become scarce.

Mark Orach, a livestock dealer at Cuk Amac in Lango sub-region said the farmers who used to supply them have lost most of their animals to raiders.

The suspected Karimojong cattle raiders have reportedly raided over 1,800 heads of cattle and more than 3,800 goats in one year and four months in Agago alone.

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