Agago. Agago District chairperson Peter Odok Wod Oceng has appealed to the government to embark on the construction of water dams in Karamoja Sub-region in a bid to avert the influx of Karamojong pastoralists to Acholi Sub-region.
Mr Oceng made the remarks last week during the 25th celebrations for International Aid Service (IAS) organisation in Lira Palwo Sub-county.
“I have been contacted by leaders in Karamoja requesting us to allow the herdsmen to graze in our region since they are experiencing water shortage. But all we need is the government to construct water dams that can be used during dry spell,” he said.
He noted that the construction of water reservoir dams would also help in ensuring peace in other regions adding that over time invasions by herdsmen have ended up in many crimes.
“The government should treat this request seriously because for the last five years, Agago has been peaceful without the presence of the Karamojong pastoralists. We want their region equipped with water storage facilities which can also help them during the dry spell to avoid them relocating to other areas,” Mr Oceng said.
Adilang Sub-county chairperson Raymond Okot Omara, said in the last two weeks Karimojong pastoralists have invaded their region with more than 1,000 heads of cattle which is posing a security threat to the residents.
He said the pastoralists are in Lomoi village, Adilang Sub-county which borders Kotido District.
“We fear that although they have come to look for pasture for their cattle, they may in the future start committing crimes such as raping women and stealing animals. We want the government to help us in pushing out these pastoralists from our region,” said Mr Oceng.
The second deputy prime minister, Gen Moses Ali, however, said government is committed to constructing more water reservoir dams in a bid to harness more rain water in Karamoja to avoid tendencies of herdsmen moving to other regions.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor