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Cattle Rustlers to be Charged From Areas Where They Commit Crimes :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Cattle Rustlers to be Charged From Areas Where They Commit Crimes

Initially, security forces would arrest suspected cattle rustlers from across the region and arraign them before the court martial at UPDF 3rd division headquarters in Moroto district. However, the forces now want to start handling cases from the districts where crimes are committed in order to obtain more eyewitness accounts. Security Forces to Remand Cattle Rustlers Where Crimes are Committed
Some of the suspected cattle rustlers arraigned before court martial at UPDF 3rd division head quarters

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Security forces in the Karamoja sub-region have announced that suspected cattle rustlers will now be charged and remanded from areas where they commit crimes for which they are arraigned in the courts.

Initially, security forces would arrest suspected cattle rustlers from across the region and arraign them before the court martial at UPDF 3rd division headquarters in Moroto district. However, the forces now want to start handling cases from the districts where crimes are committed in order to obtain more eyewitness accounts.

They said transporting the rustlers and remanding them in their home district has become hectic and witnesses cannot afford to transport themselves to provide the relevant information.

The UPDF 3rd Division Commander Brig Joseph Balikudembe says that they want to use all possible means of punishment for the rustlers to realize that the law can fix them from anywhere. He added that in most cases, rustlers cross to neighbouring districts to raid cattle with the hope that no one will follow them when they succeed to cross back to their territory.

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However, Napak and Kotido district leaders say following up on such cases handled from different territories may be costly to them as well. Napak District Chairperson John Paul Kodet says it is better for security forces to continue handling cases from a central location, than disorganise the system.

Kodet added that he has received several complaints about the suspected cattle rustlers who are arrested and taken to places where they committed crimes but are later released and abandoned in distant areas.

"The suspects are arrested from Napak, taken to detention in Katakwi but later when they find out that they are innocent, the forces release and leave them stranded, so I don't support" Kodet lamented. 

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John Bosco Akore, the Secretary of Kotido Elders Council says that instead of taking people back to the traditional way of handling crimes, the forces should find alternatives of improving the security situation.

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In September 2022, the Joint security forces transferred 313 suspected Karamojong rustlers arrested from Kotido to Agago district to face various charges including rape, murder, and theft. The suspects had crossed to cause havoc to the people in the neighbouring districts of Lango and Acholi.