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Lwengo Village Chairperson Arrested For Cattle Theft

Police in Lyantonde are holding the Kagogo village chairperson, Mpumude Sub County in Lwengo, and a member of his executive for their alleged involvement in cattle theft.
Police in Lyantonde are holding the Kagogo village chairperson, Mpumude Sub County in Lwengo, and a member of his executive for their alleged involvement in cattle theft.

 

John Ssempa, the LC1 Chairperson of Kagogo Village and Anthony Waswa the Village Defence Secretary have been arrested for allegedly stealing three cows.

 

The duo was picked up by police detectives from Kagogo village on Monday after a tipoff by the cattle owner Matovu Kilibaka in Lyantonde town council, Lyantonde district.

 

According to Kilibaka, the theft occurred on Sunday night after unidentified people sneaked into his kraal and made off with three cows.

 

He says that he became suspicious after finding Waswa, one of the suspects, at Kalegero trading centre selling meat which he suspected to be stolen.

 

Kilibaka says that when he asked Wasswa for the price of the meat, he replied that he was selling a kilogram between 5000-6000 shillings, a price which is below the market price of beef which goes for 8000 shillings.

 

He adds that after reporting the matter to police, on interrogation Wasswa confessed that he was hired by Ssempa to sell the meat and he was to be paid for his service after selling all meat.

 

Rashid Agelo, Lyantonde District Police Commander, says that police responded by arresting Ssempa to help them with investigations into the theft.

 

He says that animal theft is on the rise in the area adding that in a space of only one week over nine cases of animal theft have been reported.

 

Agelo says that police working with district authorities are considering new measures to fight this vice. He says that all cattle traders will be asked to carry clearance forms from village council leaders on top of trading licenses.

 

He says that the suspects will be charged with animal theft when investigations into the matter are complete.

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