John Lowal, a resident of Kangole, says that their cattle are only secure in the protected kraals and the community is scared of releasing oxen for ploughing for fear of falling victims to rustlers. Lowal says that the raiders have a tendency of ambushing communities while they are in their gardens and take away their animals.
The ASTU Commander Elias Kasirabo says that if the traders or sellers fail to provide required documents relating to the sale or movement of cattle from one destination to another, police will hold the cattle as investigations continue.
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.
In Nakasongola and Luwero districts, at least 96 heads of cattle have been stolen during curfew since it was revised in June this year. In Lyantonde 67 animals in Lyantonde, 54 and 40 thefts were registered in Lango and Sebie sub-regions respectively in June.
Speaking to Uganda Radio Network (URN), the Livingstone Gitta, Bulyake village Local Council 1 chairperson, says that this prompted the suspected thugs to abandon the vehicle in the middle of the road around 7 am and flee for their dear lives.
John Wanade, the Bulambuli District Commercial Officer, says although the military detach at Kata bordering Bunambutye and Kapchorwa district has helped to curtail the thefts, they need a permanent solution.