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Residents Eject Lamwo Village LC I Chairperson For Aiding Livestock Theft :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Residents Eject Lamwo Village LC I Chairperson For Aiding Livestock Theft

Polycarp Odoch, the Padibe East Sub County LCIII Chairperson, says that the missing cow was found in the neighboring Obem North village in Labongo Layamo Sub County in Kitgum district. According to Odoch, local authorities became suspicious upon verifying the movement documents and discovered a mismatch between the authorizing officer and where the animal was originating from.

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The Okora South Village Council Chairperson in Padibe East Sub County in Lamwo district has lost his office for his alleged involvement in livestock theft.

Angry residents decided to eject Nelson Obita after he was arrested on Wednesday following the recovery of a cow belonging to Francis Opala, a resident of Okora Central village while being transported to the butchery for slaughter. 

Polycarp Odoch, the Padibe East Sub County LCIII Chairperson, says that the missing cow was found in the neighbouring Obem North village in Labongo Layamo Sub County in Kitgum district.

According to Odoch, local authorities became suspicious upon verifying the movement documents and discovered a mismatch between the authorizing officer and where the animal was originating from.


 

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Santa Oyella, the Obem North village Chairperson, says that the documents indicate that Obita had issued the animal movement permit indicating that it was being transported from Lacari-Leb-Munu village in Padibe East Sub County.

She says that this prompted them to arrest three people who were driving the cow towards Kitgum Municipality. They are Cosmas Oballim and Logonye Obalim, both residents of Obem North village and Vincent Akena from Lacari Leb munu village. 

Oyella says upon further interrogations, the trio admitted having stolen the animal which they had already sold to a butcher in Kitgum Municipality at Shillings 600,000 and also implicated Obita with whom they were supposed to share money realized from the loot.

Obita was then arrested and his accomplices taken back to Okora South where a village meeting was convened to publicly hand over the stolen animal to its owner and decide what to do with the suspects.

 

The angry residents demanded that each suspect receives thirty strokes of the cane; they levied a fine of Shillings 300,000 against Obita, Shillings 400,000 against each of his accomplices and Shillings 100,000 against the buyer.

They later decided to vote out Obita from office and recovered all office equipment, which they immediately handed over to Florence Lakot, the village vice-chairperson who will now take full charge of the office.

In maiden speech upon assumption of the LC I Chairperson’s office, Lakot condemned Obita’s action, saying that he has embarrassed them as village leaders who should lead by example.

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