Last Updated on: 6th March 2022, 12:49 pm
Police and the UPDF are following up on the killers, according to Mudong.
By Kinyera Anthony Lakomekec
Lamwo – March 6, 2022: Two herdsmen were yesterday March 5, 2022, murdered in Lamwo district while grazing their cattle.
They were allegedly killed by the South Sudanese warriors who used bows and arrows.
The two herdsmen, identified as Joseph Okello, 48, and Denish Oroma, 38, are all residents of Oryang Cell, Lukee Ward, Madiopei town council.
Edward Okeny, a witness said on March 5, 2022, at around 1300hrs, the deceased persons had gone to graze 108 herds of cattle in the bush at Lawiye Odung village.
From there, he added they were allegedly attacked by South Sudanese warriors using bows and arrows; pangas, and knives killing them instantly.
He also said the killers fled the scene to the South Sudan side with the stolen animals.
ASP David Ongom Mudong, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson said that a case of murder has been registered vide SD REF: 09/5/3/2022.
According to Mudong, a team of detectives at Madiopei Police Station in Lamwo district is investigating circumstances surrounding the murder of the duo.
Mudong further said sister forces of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces from Banabana detach are tracking the culprits in an attempt to recover the stolen animals.
Meanwhile, Police also visited the scene, documented, recovered 2 bows and arrows; 3 pangas and one knife used in the attack.
Police also recorded statements from relevant witnesses and evacuated the bodies to Madiopei Health Center IV pending a postmortem.
According to reports from Mudong, this is not the first-time herdsmen from within the Madiopei border with South Sudan are attacked.
He added that locals (herdsmen) should desist from grazing their cattle in isolated grazing ground that exposes them to soft targets from the cattle rustlers.
“We further urge the affected community to remain calm as the Uganda joint security forces are following up the matter with their counterpart from the South Sudan side to ensure that the culprits are apprehended and brought to book,” he added.