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
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
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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
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.
that several checkup points already manned by Police have been mounted along
the Kampala-Gulu highway but still stolen cattle are transported through it.
Police to empower communities to join the efforts to fight animal thefts.
Nakasongola have arrested 60 suspected cattle thieves of which 30 have been
remanded by Nakasongola Magistrate Court since this year began.