Cattle raiding in Kenya

Cattle Raiding In Kenya

Cattle raiding in Kenya

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The northern Kenya and eastern Uganda regions are very insecure areas. For years now, there has been a number of cattle raids going on, terrorising the civilian population and killing hundreds of people. In eastern Uganda, in the Karamoja region, there are nomadic cattle herders called the Karamojong. These people are believed to be responsible for a number of the raids into Kenya.

History

The conflicts in this region are several years old. For 20 years now the Karamojong have been armed, and cattle raids have been going on. In 2001, a seven-month process was started to disarm the Karamojong of some 20,000 weapons. As of 2003, the Ugandan army claims over 10,000 guns have been collected but the process is slow with most of the Ugandan army troops relocated to the north to fight a rebel incursion there.

It also appears that the Ugandan government is taking sides in the conflicts. In 2003, the Ugandan army said it is recruiting Karamojong warriors as a militia force to fight the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebel group in eastern Uganda. Brig Kale Kaihura, a special military assistant to President Yoweri Museveni, told IRIN news: "Karamojong are as much threatened as anyone and they know it's in everyone’s interest that we protect Uganda from these thugs" .

Raids also occur between Kenya and Ethiopia. The Boranas group has recently been involved in raids involving cattle, according to a . Over the past year, more and more people from Ethiopia are crossing into...
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