Five people including a village chairperson are in custody at Katakwi
police station on accusations of collaborating with rustlers to raid livestock in
Katakwi and neighbouring Karamoja districts.
The five were picked up Wednesday from Ajeluk
Village, Olela Parish, Katakwi Sub County, and Ngariam County in Katakwi
district in an operation led by
the Resident District Commissioner, John Steven Ekoom.
According to Ekoom, they received intelligence
indicating that the suspects were coordinating cattle rustling operations
targeting one of the homes he didn’t disclose.
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He says that they also recovered 69 head of cattle from the
same village in kraals built
in shrubs, which are now at Olilim
holding ground pending verification.
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The escalation of
cattle thefts in Katakwi by suspected Karimojong warriors has attracted the attention of the Defence
Affairs Minister, Jacob Oboth – Oboth.
He visited the district on Monday says the rustling
collaborators will be charged with two cases of murder.
Some of the sub-counties affected by the
increased case of cattle
thefts are Ngariam, Palam, Magoro, Okore and Guyaguya among others.