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MUSEVENI: Auction cows of defiant Balaalo

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | President Museveni has suggested that impounded cattle belonging to defiant migrant cattle keepers commonly referred to as Balaalo be auctioned, and the money generated be used for constructing schools in Northern Uganda. Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo Chigamoy said on Friday that he received a letter …

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Fresh verification of pastoralists kicks off in Acholi

Gulu, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | A select committee from the Acholi sub-region has started fresh verification of all pastoralists commonly known as Balaalo in the region in a bid to ascertain their rightful numbers, location, and particulars of land they are occupying. The four-day exercise which kicked off on …

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Pastoralists in Kasese protest new land demarcation

Kasese, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Pastoralists in Nkoko and Kayanja II villages, Kitswamba sub-county in Kasese district are protesting the new demarcations on a contested piece of land with cultivators. They are accusing the district leadership of siding with the cultivators and influencing the demarcation exercise. In 2007, the government …

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NAKAPIRIPIRIT: Security forces mount search for dead pastoralists

Nakapiripirit, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The joint security forces in Nakapiripirit district have dispatched a team of police officers to search for the missing four dead bodies in Pian Upe game reserve. It’s alleged that on the 6th January 2023, the suspected Pokot pastoralists from Amudat district grazing in Nakapiripirit …

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UWA moves to restrict pastoralists in wildlife reserves

Moroto, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda Wildlife Authority-UWA in Karamoja is considering banning pastoralists from grazing in wildlife reserves. According to UWA, the presence of pastoralists has affected the breeding of animals forcing some species like ostriches to migrate to distant areas where they can not easily be traced. Edyau …

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Fresh tension as ‘Balalo’ herdsmen return to Lamwo

Lamwo, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Balalo pastoralists have returned to Lamwo district six months after their eviction. In November 2021, President Museveni ordered the eviction of all pastoralists from Northern Uganda in a letter to Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja, arguing they were illegally operating in the sub-region and causing food insecurity …

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Pastoralists in Moroto cry out for food relief

Moroto, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | More than 10,000 pastoralists at Kobebe grazing area in Lotisan sub-county, Moroto district are going for days without any meal as the hunger crisis sweeps through the region. Three different communities which comprise the Jie from Kotido district, Matheniko from Moroto and Turkana from …

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Kapelebyong district bans movement of Karamojong pastoralists

Kapelebyong, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Kapelebyong district authorities have stopped Karamojong pastoralists from entering the district to graze their livestock. Over the years, Kapelebyong and Amuria districts have been the only places that Karamojong pastoralists cross to graze their livestock during drought. Francis Akorikin, the LCV chairperson of Kapelebyong says …

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Karamoja leaders mount campaign to end bush burning

Moroto, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Leaders across Karamoja sub region have embarked on campaigns against bush burning among the pastoralists to save the worsening environmental situation. Karamoja region is currently dry and pastoralists have resorted to burning bushes to clear space for rat hunting, killing ticks and to allow fresh …

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