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Most wanted cattle thieves arrested in Kabarole

By Wilson Asiimwe

Added 3rd September 2019 12:12 PM

The arrest follows a tip-off that an unknown group of people was sighted with slaughtered cows packed in sacks.

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The cattle thieves paraded at Fort Portal police station in Kabarole district. Photo by Wilson Asiimwe

The arrest follows a tip-off that an unknown group of people was sighted with slaughtered cows packed in sacks.

CATTLE THEFT


KABAROLE - After decades of terrorizing people of Ntoroko, the Police have finally pounced on the gang of five in connection to the theft of cattle.

The arrest follows a tip-off that an unknown group of people was sighted with slaughtered cows packed in sacks.

Stephen Asiimwe the Resident district commissioner for Kabarole said that security has been hunting for the suspects for a long time.

Asiimwe said by the time local authorities informed security about the matter, the suspects had already left Ntoroko district heading for Fort Portal town.

"They have been on our most wanted cattle thieves list for a very long time. They have been stealing animals from Ntoroko and selling them to Kabarole and other districts," Asiimwe said.

Hamis Kayondo the deputy regional Police Commander for Rwenzori west said there was a reinforcement of security personnel along the Bundibugyo-Fort Portal road in Karago were the suspects were intercepted.

The arrested individuals include one Kataini a resident of Kyakagusa in Kacwamba sub-county, Robert Mutegeki, Joseph Katende, Ronald Baker a UPDF soldier and Ronald Apuuli.

attle thieves paraded at ort ortal police station in abarole district hoto by ilson siimweCattle thieves paraded at Fort Portal police station in Kabarole district. Photo by Wilson Asiimwe

 

Kayondo said the suspects will be charged with five counts of interfering with the rights of animals, transporting animals without permission or license and theft among others.  

"We are appealing to the public to always report such cases to police because we are ready to take action and arrest all suspected cattle thieves," Kayondo said.

James Kasigazi a resident of Kichwamba said that the suspects have been giving them sleepless nights.

"We know them and they have been giving us sleepless nights. We are happy that they have been arrested finally, Kasigazi said.

The suspects were arrested in Kyakagusa and Karago, a re-known place that harbors cattle thieves and other criminals in Kabarole.

When police searched the home of Kataini, it was undeniable that he was a cattle thief because several pieces of rotten smocked meat were recovered.

According to official reports from the Police, at least 215 heads of cattle were stolen from Kabarole and Ntoroko district in 2018.

Asiimwe revealed that the five arrested were part of the racket that has been terrorizing cattle owners in the region. 

“We are going to apprehend all those still there tormenting people in this region,” Asiimwe warned

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