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.
Stock Theft Unit ASTU has vowed to strictly enforce all laws relating to cattle
business as a measure to curb cattle thefts in the Karamoja region.
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. He warned if no clear evidence is given within six months, police
will auction the cattle, as permitted by law.
Several times, traders from other regions have been implicated for conniving
with raiders to irregularly buy stolen cattle from the bush and then transport them
Currently, the region is grappling with cattle theft and cattle rustling that
has left some communities impoverished.
Kasirabo notes that the region is largely ignorant about laws and regulations
concerning cattle dealings. He says that ASTU has now embarked on community
sensitization to highlight the regulations.
Kirabo once the regulations are strictly followed in the region, then instances
of economic crime relating to cattle trade will be avoided.
He cited the Animal Disease Act of 1964, the Cattle Traders’ Act, Hides and
Trade and the Act Animal Cruelty Prevention Act of 1957 all of which regulate the
movement of cattle.
According to Kasirabo, flouting the laws has fueled the theft of cattle in the
region while tracking remains difficult.
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Dr Denis Baraza the Veterinary Officer of Moroto Municipality agrees that the
region is partly grappling with cattle thefts because some of the cattle
keepers and buyers are not observing the regulations when selling or buying
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The Nabilatuk LCV Chairperson, Paul Lokol welcomed the development saying
strict enforcement will address the issues of cattle theft.