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Cattle Thefts Affect Revenue Collection in Ntoroko District

The rampant thefts have affected revenue collection in Karugutu and Rwebisengo Sub Counties. Andrew Kawamara, the LCIII Chairperson of Rwebisengo Sub County says that local revenue collected from the sale of the cows has gradually reduced since there are no cows to sell due to the thefts.

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Two sub-counties in Ntoroko district are grappling with increased theft of cattle which is affecting revenue collection and income for the pastoralists.

The indigenous Batuku in Rwebisengo and Karugutu sub-counties are predominately cattle keepers as cows are their only source of income. According to records from the office of the District Police Commander, 250 head of cattle have been stolen since the beginning of the year. The cows are stolen and transported to the Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC and some to Bundibugyo district.

The rampant thefts have affected revenue collection in Karugutu and Rwebisengo Sub Counties. Andrew Kawamara, the LCIII Chairperson of Rwebisengo Sub County says that local revenue collected from the sale of the cows has gradually reduced since there are no cows to sell due to the thefts.

Kawamara explains that cattle keeping, the main economic activity in the area has been generating 75 million Shillings each month, for the sub-county. This has however reduced to 32 million Shillings. According to Kawamara, low revenue collection has affected the delivery of services in the Sub County.

 

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Kawamara adds that they have asked the district leadership to intervene and stop the increasing cases of animal thefts in the area, but the leaders have been reluctant.

 

Charles Mwine, a resident of Rwebisengo town council says he has lost 20 head of cattle since the beginning of the year and has never recovered any of them. Mwine says that he is forced to sleep in the kraal to protect his cattle.

 

Wilber Baguma, the chairperson Ntoroko cattle keepers association says that 600 head of cattle belonging to members of the association has since been stolen. He says that the police have done little to curb the thefts.

 

Baguma says that cattle keepers have been advised to brand their animals for easy identification in case they are stolen.

 

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In the past, Police has come under criticism for failing to stem the cattle thefts.

However Apollo Kyangungu, the Ntoroko District Police Commander says that the police have done much to curb cattle thefts, but their efforts are frustrated by local leaders. He claims that some local leaders connive with the criminals and issue them with animal travel permits. 

Kyangungu says that outposts have been set up in the two sub-counties and night patrols and roadblocks are also common. He, however, says that the cattle keepers are being advised to build permanent structures for their cattle because they sleep in the open.

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