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LC Chairperson, Three Others Detained for Alleged Cattle Theft

Geoffrey Nuwagaba, 52, the LC I chairperson of Kakuuto II in Muziza Parish, Ishogororo Sub County was arrested on Saturday together with Gashom Baheebwa, the manager of the farm belonging to Kellen Namanya in Mbogo cell in Kazo district, Richard Natukunda and Lawrence Tukakira Komboozi, both residents of Kakuuto cell and Moses Tumwine, a resident of Rugazi cell.
cattle at Kaiso Landing site in Hoima.Photo by Emmanuel Okello.

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A village council chairperson in Ibanda district has spent his Easter Sunday behind police bars for alleged theft of livestock.  

Geoffrey Nuwagaba, 52, the LC I chairperson of Kakuuto II in Muziza Parish, Ishogororo Sub County was arrested on Saturday together with Gashom Baheebwa, the manager of the farm belonging to Kellen Namanya in Mbogo cell in Kazo district, Richard Natukunda and Lawrence Tukakira Komboozi, both residents of Kakuuto cell and Moses Tumwine, a resident of Rugazi cell.

Paul Muhinda, the Officer in Charge of Criminal Investigations Department at Ibanda police station, says that the suspects were arrested while transporting for four animals without any documentation. “We found them heading to a butcher to slaughter the animals. We suspect the cows to have been stolen from Kazo district, a week ago,” he said.

Muhinda says that they are faced with a challenge of stopping animal theft as they are slaughtered and the meat transported in milk cans from Kazo to Ibanda district.

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Muhinda says that the suspect face cattle rustling under section 266 of the penal code Act. Once convicted, the suspects are liable to life in prison. Aggrey Muhenda, the Kagongo Sub County LC III Chairperson, says despite the animal quarantine in the district they have registered several cases of animal thefts.  

He says they lost 2 cows and 10 goats on Thursday night. In February, the Ministry of Agriculture suspended the movement of cattle in most districts of Ankole including Mbarara city and Kiruhura, Kazo, Ibanda and Isingiro district because of the Foot and Mouth disease outbreak.

Foot and mouth disease (FMD) is a severe, highly contagious viral disease that affects cattle, swine, sheep, goats and other cloven-hoofed ruminants. An infected animal presents with fever, depression, hypersalivation, loss of appetite, weight loss, growth retardation and drop in milk production. ,

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