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Museveni Recommends Cattle Auction to Fund School Construction in Northern Uganda

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museveni recommends cattle auction to fund school construction in northern uganda
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President Museveni has put forth the idea of auctioning impounded cattle belonging to defiant migrant cattle keepers, commonly known as Balaalo. The suggested proceeds from the auction would be directed towards constructing schools in Northern Uganda.

Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo Chigamoy shared this information, revealing that the President’s letter indicated that some cattle keepers were fleeing forceful eviction from the region, leaving their cattle behind.

Speaking during a Zoom session on the upcoming Acholi Convocation, Justice Owiny-Dollo mentioned that the President’s letter outlined the readiness of the Fourth Infantry Division headquarters to initiate the eviction of these cattle keepers, as informed by Chief of Defence Forces Gen Wilson Mbadi.

The President proposed the auctioning of abandoned cattle and earmarking the generated funds for school construction in the respective areas, subject to approval from the Attorney General.

This development comes after the expiration of the ultimatum issued by President Museveni nearly two weeks ago, directing non-compliant cattle keepers to vacate North and Northeastern Uganda by November 24.

The President’s directive included requirements for cattle keepers to provide water sources for their animals and establish sturdy fences. Recent actions by joint security forces have commenced the eviction of defiant cattle keepers in the Acholi Sub-region.

However, concerns have arisen about the reluctance of evicted cattle farmers to relocate their animals from holding grounds. Local leaders and security personnel have raised logistical challenges in the eviction process, with some cattle keepers refusing to pick up their confiscated animals, impacting the implementation of the eviction plan. State Minister for Northern Uganda Rehabilitation Grace Freedom Kwiyucwiny had previously disclosed that around 80,000 herds of cattle in northern Uganda belong to non-compliant migrant cattle keepers lacking proper land fencing, grazing land, and water sources.