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ASTU to Step Up Enforcement of Regulations to Curb Cattle Theft in Karamoja

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.

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The Anti 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 at night. 

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.

According to 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 cattle. 

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The Nabilatuk LCV Chairperson, Paul Lokol welcomed the development saying strict enforcement will address the issues of cattle theft.

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