According to the Mt. Moroto Regional Police Spokesperson, Michael Longole the police and the joint security forces in Karamoja have recovered 9,118 heads of cattle out of the 10,200 that were reported to have been raided or stolen.
It is alleged that the cattle were stolen from a neighbouring village on Thursday night, and according to the Police, footmarks from the scene of the crime were tracked to Oloo's village in Nasinyonoit. This happened just hours after Oloo returned to Moroto from Soroti, where he lost a petition challenging the outcome of the January 2021 polls.
Local leaders in the district reveal that unspecified heads of cattle have been stolen in recent months in several sub-counties bordering the Karamoja region from farmers who normally leave animals to graze on their own.
One of the UPDF officers told Uganda Radio Network on condition of anonymity that they have so far apprehended more than 30 high profile cattle thieves who have been conniving with police officers in stealing cattle. the theft. He says all the suspects arrested are being locked up at Masindi and Hoima Central Police Station.
John Rex Aachilla, the Kaabong Resident District Commissioner told Uganda Radio Network in an interview that peace committees have been instrumental in curbing cattle theft in Karamoja, which Acholi leaders should emulate.
The Katakwi District LC V Chairperson, Walter Elakas, says cattle thieves are taking advantage of the lock down to terrorize his electorate. He also notes that while Karimojong rustlers used to target majorly cattle, the recent thefts were accompanied with sexual abuse, abduction and shootings.
The LDUs attached to Otalabar Army Detach shot dead two men and a 10-year old boy only identified as Apalocolut of Nakapelimoru Sub County. The victims are Lopus Apanaleso, 27 and Lotoya Rengetau 25, all residents of Panyangara Sub County in Kotido district.
Musa Tibakirana, the Kabarole District Police Commander, says they received a call from their counterparts in Kyankwanzi district that there was a group of people moving stolen animals on a Fuso truck to Kabarole district.