Ugandan security officials have heightened security along its border points to avert possible invasion of armed cattle rustlers from the country ahead of the festive season.
Security officials claimed they received intelligence reports that rustlers from the neighbouring Magwi County in Imatong State are planning to invade the district to loot cattle for Christmas celebrations.
According to the Lamwo District police commander, Mr Eria Elopot, while speaking to Ugandan Media on Wednesday that they heightened security to safeguard cattle belonging to their locals from being looted.
The Police Spokesperson added that over the past months, they have monitored the trend of how the rustlers invade the district to loot cattle and sought for an early intervention.
“Around this month [December], these rustlers like invading villages to loot cattle for the festive season and also for sale,” Mr Elopot said.
Mr Elopot noted that physical deployment of the Police Anti Stock Theft Unit and Uganda People’s Defence Forces has been heightened, coupled with regular patrols along porous border points.
He however explained that they have mobilised locals in areas prone to invasion by the rustlers to keep their cattle in kraals for easy watch.