Nakasongola District was ranked the seventh leading district in cattle theft across the country, according to the 2020 Police Crime report also ranked. Area leaders say that between 10 to 20 cows are stolen from the district every day and sold in Kampala.

At least 59 suspected cattle thieves have been arrested from Nakasongola district and Kampala as Police intensified a crackdown on rampant thefts.

Nakasongola District was ranked the seventh leading district in cattle theft across the country, according to the 2020 Police Crime report also ranked. Area leaders say that between 10 to 20 cows are stolen from the district every day and sold in Kampala.

It’s on the basis of this, and the ensuing public outcry that the Police launched operations to arrest those masterminds of the thefts. Nakasongola District Police Commander Phillip Mukasa says that they have arrested 59 suspects in a period of one month since the operations were launched. Of these, 34 have been charged and remanded to Nakasongola Prison, while 25 were granted a Police bond.

Among those remanded are Francis Sekigambe Serugo from Kakooge town council and Joseph Kakooza from Kampala, whose names appeared on the list of the most wanted cattle thieves in the area. Mukasa adds that Kakooza attempted to bribe him with five million Shillings to secure his release.

Nakasongola Deputy Resident District Commissioner Jonathan Akweteireho said that by the time the operations were conducted, they had information that some of the suspects had booked a gun which they were about to buy and use it kill a local chairman who is at forefront of fighting animal theft.

Akweteireho says that the thieves were tracked during the process and arrested in Mubende district shortly before they made the payment. Akweteireho adds that although there is a sigh of relief after arresting the suspects, the operations will go on so that they completely eliminate the crime in the district.

Nakasongola District Chairman Sam Kigula says that apart from the arrests, the District Security Committee has banned the loading of cattle from kraals but advised traders to buy them only in gazetted markets. Kigula added that during the transaction, a buyer and trader must write an agreement that must be used to apply for a movement permit.

Kigula says the move is intended to stop the thieves who disguise as traders and load stolen animals from kraals.

Kigula lost seven of his goats from his farm to thieves.

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