Pretazio Kasimiire, the Officer in Charge of Criminal Investigations Department Mitooma District, says the two were picked up while trying to sell three stolen cows.
Mitooma Police are holding two most wanted suspected cattle thieves. The suspects are Turyahabwe Bukye and another only identified as Masasi. Police are hunting for another suspect identified as Meshach Naturinda. The trio is believed to be the masterminds of several cattle thefts in Bushenyi, Mitooma, Buhweju, Rubirizi and Sheema districts.
Pretazio Kasimiire, the Officer in Charge of Criminal Investigations Department Mitooma District, says the two were picked up while trying to sell three stolen cows. "We found them selling the cattle; we have recorded their statements and have sent the file to the Resident State Attorney for guidance. We shall present them to court," said Kasimiire.
The arrest of the duo comes a few days after residents of Kirambi 3 village in Ijumo Parish petitioned Mitooma Resident District Commissioner to stop livestock thefts in the district. In the May 10th petition signed by more than 30 people, residents expressed concern over the safety of their livestock including goats, cows and pigs.
They cite the theft of 19 cows belonging to one resident identified as
Kajwarire on April 12th and another 10 cows belonging to Muramuzi on May 05th.
Led by their parish councilor, Eldard Baine, the residents demand for immediate intervention of security to stop livestock theft in their area.
Edinah Tayebwa, the Kirambi III local council one chairperson, says sometimes police arrests those behind the thefts and leaves them to go without prosecution, which allows continuing wherever they had stopped. Emmy Ngabirano, the Mitooma Deputy Resident District Commissioner, has confirmed the petition from residents asking his office to work closely with security and locals to end livestock theft.