Sebei leaders task govt on livestock compensation

Sunday August 01 2021
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Kween County MP William Chemonges. PHOTO/FILE

By Arthur Arnold Wadero

Legislators from the Sebei sub region have tasked the government to compensate their constituents for cattle lost during the insurgency in north-eastern Uganda nearly 20 years ago.
While addressing the media on Friday, Kween MP William Chemonges asked the government to include the districts in Sebei Sub-region among those that should be compensated as a result of cattle rustling.
“I get surprised when government talks of verification which is yet to go on without including Sebei in the conversation of compensation. We lost many people and cows. Many people are orphans. But we Sebei are not listed anywhere. I need an answer for Sebei,” he said.
The deputy Speaker, Ms Anita Annet Among, directed the Prime Minister, Ms Robinna Nabbanja, to capture the issue of Sebei and the matter conclusively dealt with.
Cattle rustling along the border districts of Sebei, Karamoja sub-region and Pokot in Kenya has persisted for long causing heavy human suffering.
In 2003 for example, Kenyan police said members of Kenya's Pokot community attacked three villages in Kapchorwa District, killing over 30 people and torching some 300 houses. They also stole cattle, and over 2,000 people were left homeless, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs 2003 indicated.

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