TESO REGION: Communities affected by cattle rustling in the Teso Sub Region have asked religious leaders to spearhead efforts to end the vice.
The appeal was raised during a visit by a team of religious leaders to calm down communities affected by cattle rustling. The visit was organized by Teso Religious Leaders Efforts for Peace and Reconciliation (TERELEPER), which is the umbrella group.
Members include Bishop Kosea Odongo of the Soroti Anglican Diocese of Soroti, Bishop Joseph Eciru Oliach of the Soroti Catholic Diocese, Bishop Kokas Olupot of the Pentecostal Revival Ministry, and Sheik Ismael Ocen Teso District Khadi
The religious leaders held brief prayers at Kapelebyong district headquarters before visiting the camps. They include Obulin in Okungur sub-county and Omokor in Okoboi parish, Kapelebyong sub-county in Kapelebyong district.
Francis Akorikin, the LCV Chairperson, Kapelebyong, said that religious leaders play a crucial role in society. He said that religious leaders from Teso need to talk to religious leaders in Karamoja to figure out how to stop the fighting between their people and the people from the other side of the river.
Stella Rose Akiteng pleaded with the religious leaders to take the matter seriously and do whatever it takes to bring back peace, coexistence, and reconciliation between the people of Teso and Karamoja.
Jimmy Erau, the Chairperson of LCIII Kapelebyong sub-county, appreciated the role of the religious leaders. He said that they have restored hope and confidence among the affected communities.