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Thugs Steal Three Head of Cattle at Gunpoint in Luweero

Recounting the ordeal, John Kavuma, the farm manager, who stays a distance away, says that he rushed after learning about the development. He explains that the pregnant woman managed to untie herself and helped untie her colleagues.
03 Aug 2021 19:17

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Unidentified thugs have stolen three cows at gunpoint in Luweero district. The attackers believed to have been more than four in number raided a farm belonging to Timothy Mugabi at Kabunyata village in Kamira Sub-County around 1 am on Tuesday morning.  

The attackers, who are said to have been travelling in a FUSO truck, first parked at a distance and stormed the farmhouse wielding firearms. They ordered the occupants to open for them in vain. As a result, the thugs used a big stone to smash a window on the farmhouse where five labourers were sleeping.

With their guns pointed at the farmworkers, the attackers ordered all the five occupants including an expectant woman to lie face down on the floor. They started battering them before tying them with ropes to avoid further resistance. They took away four mobile phones and Shillings 500,000 from their victims. They slopped to the farm, chased all the 37 cows on the farm and led them to their truck. 

Recounting the ordeal, John Kavuma, the farm manager, who stays a distance away, says that he rushed after learning about the development. He explains that the pregnant woman managed to untie herself and helped untie her colleagues.  They then raised alarms for rescue. Residents responded to the alarm prompting the thugs who had only managed to load three animals to flee for their dear lives. 

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The Savannah Region police publicist, Isah Ssemwogerere told URN that police have already launched a manhunt for thugs to face justice. Cattle theft is rampant in Greater Luweero. For instance, in January this year, residents reported the theft of more than 50 cows from Butuntumula Sub-County in Luweero district in a space of one month.  

 

In mid-July, this year, a furious mob in Nakaseke district lynched one of the suspected cattle thieves as they pursued six thugs. This was after a gang of seven suspected cattle thieves raided two homes at Lwetunga village in Kapeeka Sub-County.  

The gang descended on kraals and stole two cows, one from Godfrey Ssempijja and the other from Ephraim Magemesi.  They then slaughtered the three animals each valued at Shillings 3 million and loaded the beef onto their pick-up vehicle Registration Number UAP. 202S. 

A day to the lynching, residents torched a vehicle belonging to the thieves, which they had abandoned in the middle of the road as they tried to get away.  

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