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.
Addressing the trekkers and other government officials at Birembo War Memorial grounds on Friday evening in Kakumiro, Museveni asked Ugandans to live in harmony and avoid religious sectarianism, tribalism and gender discrimination, saying all these cannot help transforming the country but rather fan hatred and deter development.
Florence Nambalilwa, Kyagulanyi’s grandmother, a resident of Lorikwo West village in Elegu Town Council, says the deceased disappeared on December 29th, 2019 only to be found dead on January 3rd, 2020. Kyagulanyi met his death days after visiting his grandmother for Christmas from Kayunga district.
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.