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40 Policemen Deployed to Boost Fight Against Animal Thefts in Nakasongola

Phillip Mukasa the Nakasongola District Police Commander says that the fight against rampant animal thefts had been hampered by a lack of manpower and Police Patrol.
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The Uganda Police Force has deployed 40 Policemen to boost the fight against rampant animal thefts and general crimes in Nakasongola district.  

According to the Police Crime report for 2020, Nakasongola is ranked as the seventh leading district in cattle thefts after registering 111 cases of cattle thefts.   The fight against rampant animal thefts had been hampered by a lack of manpower and Police Patrol.

Phillip Mukasa the Nakasongola District Police Commander says that the Police Force has posted 40 Policemen in the district to boost the fight against general crimes and these will be deployed to beef up efforts to eliminate animal thefts.

Mukasa explained that the Policemen will be deployed at newly proposed detaches and checkup points opened along the roads to apprehend cattle thieves.   He adds that some of the Policemen have already reported to Nakasongola Central Police Station for posting to the posts.

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Nakasongola Central Police station also received back its Police Patrol after undergoing major repairs. The Station had no Patrol car for close to a year which complicated efforts to respond to crime alerts.

Jonathan Akweteireho, the Nakasongola Deputy Resident District Commissioner welcomed the deployment saying it is an additional effort in the fight against animal thefts.

He says that on Thursday, a detachment opened up at the Kaleire road intersection in Kalongo sub-county to apprehend thieves that have been using to transport stolen animals.

Akweteireho however said this is not a conclusive solution to the thefts but a need to invest in civilian intelligence so that they can get timely information to Policemen and respond in time.

Sunday Rogers Bwanga the District Speaker and Councilor for Kalongo sub-county the additional force are welcome but if they live to the expectations.

Bwanga says that several checkup points already manned by Police have been mounted along the Kampala-Gulu highway but still stolen cattle are transported through it.

Bwanga asked Police to empower communities to join the efforts to fight animal thefts.

Police in Nakasongola have arrested 60 suspected cattle thieves of which 30 have been remanded by Nakasongola Magistrate Court since this year began.

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