Police teamed up with Uganda Wildlife Authorities-UWA rangers and launched a hunt for the animals in areas around Mt. Elgon leading to the arrest of close to 20 suspects.
At least 19
suspects have been arrested in at the areas of Mt. Elgon in connection to raid
of animals from Western Kenya. Last week, Uganda Police indicated that Kenyan
authorities reported the theft of over 100 head of cattle from Western Kenya.
teamed up with Uganda Wildlife Authorities-UWA rangers and launched a hunt for
the animals in areas around Mt. Elgon leading to the arrest of close to 20
suspects. Among the suspects is Moses Wetaka, the Legenya Sub County Gombolola
Internal Security Officer in Sironko District.
Sironko District Police Commander, Edison Muhangi told our reporter that six
out of the 19 suspects appeared in court and were remanded to Mutufu Prison. Muhangi
notes that the cattle raiders are said to be in possession of 9 firearms. He
said that they have since recovered 48 head of cattle and seven of them have
since been returned to their owners in Kenyan.
While 41 others are still at Sironko Central Police Station
pending identification by their owners. “We are still searching for them. 7 were
recovered on October 5th, 2020 and were handed over to their owners
of Kenyan origin while 41 recovered on 8 and 9 pending owners’ identification
and handover” Muhangi told Uganda Radio Network.
Bureau Chief Elgon/Bukedi