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Cattle Traders in Karamoja Warned Against Transporting Charcoal, Waragi :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Cattle Traders in Karamoja Warned Against Transporting Charcoal, Waragi

Maj Gen Don Nabasa, the UPDF 3rd division commander, told URN that the cattle traders are resorting to transporting illicit waragi and charcoal on the trucks used for carrying livestock.
Maj Gen Don Nabasa the 3rd div commader RPC Mt Moroto Region Francis Chemusto and Peter Lokeris state Minister for energy and other officers during a Community meeting organized at Namboole in Loregae Sub County by th

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Joint security forces have warned traders buying cattle in the Karamoja sub-region to desist from transporting illegal waragi and charcoal.

Maj Gen Don Nabasa, the UPDF 3rd Division Commander, says that the cattle traders have resorted to transporting illicit waragi and charcoal on the trucks used for carrying livestock.

According to Nabasa, the livestock dealers bring the illicit gin to sell to the business people in the region then later buy bags of charcoal which they put under the truck board and load some cattle on top when transported out of the region.

He said several trucks have been intercepted from the security checkpoints and the owners punished for involving in the unlawful business.

Nabasa said that they have stepped up their vigilance at the checkpoints to deal with unscrupulous livestock traders.

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Meanwhile, security has also noted a drop in commercialized cattle rustling due to limited routes for livestock sold from the various markets in the region.

Francis Chemusto, the Mt Moroto Regional Police Commander noted that the designated routes for cattle traders have helped to curb the commercialized cattle rustling that has been fueling insecurity in the region.

''The veterinary officers and area LCI Chairpersons who were part of the problem have also been imprisoned for issuing fake movement permits for the animals sold in the markets'' Chemusto said.

He urged the cattle traders to start taking photos of people who sell to them livestock for easy tracing in case of any complaint.

Chemusto further observed that the use of canine dogs for tracking criminals has been effective. He said out of the 15 violent crimes reported in April, May, and June 2023, the canine was able to succeed in 10 cases.

He appealed to the public to always report any crime occurrence on time and avoid tampering with the crime scene in order to ease their investigations.