According to local leaders, the armed rustlers whose numbers were not established looted seven cattle from kiloko itiyo village in Loperebong Sub County and four others from Matakula village in Omiya Pacwa Sub-county.
Osbert Gumisisriza, a miner says they use a lot of energy to mine and do everything that they can to get minerals to sustain their families amidst torture from Mineral Police. “They torture us when they find you with tin and they just suspect that you want to sell it to another company. They make you sleep facing up the sun for the whole day or crawl on your knees in murrum for a distance. They beat us in all ways using their gun,” he said.
John Robert Tukei, the Elgon Police spokesperson, says they recovered over 30 suspected stolen animals but they have failed to trace their owners. “During the Christmas season we had about 30 animals, which we recovered and tried to look for the owners in vain,” he said.