BY UGANDA VANGUARD
ABIM – Four cattle rustlers have been shot dead after stealing seven heads of cattle from a women’ saving group in Abim district.
According to Mr Mpimbaza Hashaka, Abim Resident District Commissioner, the dead were shot after throwing arrows at Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF).
“After stealing the cattle from Abim district, they crossed to Agago district. The thugs were pursued by UPDF and in the process they shot arrows at our soldiers who responded by shooting four dead,” he said Monday July 8, 2019
Mpimbaza furher explained, “One cow was also killed, five recovered but one is missing. The animals were given to the women in the current Operation Wealth Creation.”
By May, 2019, cattle theft on the rise, 32 guns recovered. When contacted, the district chairperson of Kaabong, Mark Abuk confirmed the incidences describing the issue as disastrous.
Livestock thefts, one of the Karamoja’s oldest crime is on the rise again in the sub-region with the militant Turkana from Kenya and fighters from Kotido – Jie at the center stage.
Kaabong has been named as the worst hit. The surge in livestock theft is attributed to losses of animals during the recent drought since most herders want to replenish their stock as they return home.
When contacted, the district chairperson of Kaabong, Mark Abuk confirmed the incidences describing the issue as disastrous.
He said the thefts of one or two cows is now turning into massive raids as rains return.
“The oldest crime in Karamoja now seems to resurface with new tactics,” Abuk said.
Hashaka said animal theft has been curbed by fast recoveries.
“We have so far recovered close to 400 animals stolen from Jie kraals,” he said.
Hashaka cautioned parents to desist from sending their children to look after cows saying the juveniles end up sleeping and cows wonder away into the hands of the thieves.