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Buseruka Farmers Decry Rampant Cattle Thefts

Records at Buseruka police post indicate that over 100 cows have been stolen since March this year from different kraals in the sub-county. The most affected cattle farmers are from the villages of Tonya, Kabaale, Buseruka, Rwamutungo, Kasenyi-Lyato, Kayera, Nyamasoga and Kiryamboga.
Some of the cattle farmers attending to their animals in Tonya village Buseruka Subcounty Hoima district

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Cattle farmers in Buseruka sub-county, in Hoima district, have decried the escalating cases of cattle theft in the area. 

Records at Buseruka police post indicate that over 100 cows have been stolen since March this year from different kraals in the sub-county. The most affected cattle farmers are from the villages of Tonya, Kabaale, Buseruka, Rwamutungo, Kasenyi-Lyato, Kayera, Nyamasoga and Kiryamboga.

Henry Irumba, a cattle farmer at Kaiso landing site in Tonya parish says he lost 15 of his cows to the thieves in May, this year. He says the theft has left him helpless, unable to keep his children in school and feed his family. 

He calls on the police and other security agencies to tighten the grip on cattle thieves in the area. 

Yali Okumu, another farmer at Kasenyi-Lyato village in Nyakabingo Parish who lost his seven cows last week says the situation is alarming.  Okumu says this is the first time his cows are stolen since he started rearing cattle 30 years ago. He has now sold off all the remaining animals from his kraal out of fear that they could as well be stolen. 

John Kaliisa, a cattle farmer in Rwamutunga village told Uganda Radio Network that the rampant cattle theft has forced them to forego sleep in order to protect their animals since a week cannot elapse without a report of theft.

Kaliisa says some of the cattle thieves who have been arrested have been released police custody under unclear circumstances.

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Hoima district vice chairperson, Benson Chiche acknowledges the growing insecurity that is keeping farmers on tension and says that the district is liaising with the security committee to intensify surveillance.

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Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region police spokesperson says police has launched investigations into the rampant theft of the animals to ensure that the suspects are arrested and prosecuted. He downplayed reports that there is laxity in security has escalated the vice.

According to Hakiza, most cases are reported late for police action.

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