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Police Moves to Curb Cattle Thefts in Buvuma District

Most of the stolen cows are smuggled to Kenya and Tanzania across Lake Victoria. In the past, Police has come under criticism for failing to stem the cattle thefts. In May last year, residents petitioned Richard Gulume Balyainho, the Buvuma Resident District Commissioner over the matter.
Police have stepped up security to curb the rampant cattle theft in Buvuma district. Dr. Richard Ssemirembe, the Buvuma District Veterinary Officer, says more than 200 cows have been stolen in the past six months. Cattle theft is rampant in Bweema, Nairambi and Busamizi sub counties.

 

 

Most of the stolen cows are smuggled to Kenya and Tanzania across Lake Victoria.  In the past, Police has come under criticism for failing to stem the cattle thefts. In May last year, residents petitioned Richard Gulume Balyainho, the Buvuma Resident District Commissioner over the matter.

 

 

Now, Police has set up outposts in Buye, Buwaga, Lingila, Lwajje and Lunyanjja parishes in Niarambi, Bweema and Busamizi Sub Counties where the cattle thefts have been rampant. Rodgers Chebene, the Buvuma District Police Commander, says they are working together with marine police unit to curb the thefts.

 

He says they are currently conducting night patrols both on land and on Lake Victoria to check on the movement of the stolen cows. According to Chebene, on Saturday two suspected cattle thieves drowned in the lake when they were intercepted transporting 11 cows to Mayuge district using an unregistered boat.

 

 

Timothy Kitayi, the officer in charge of Kakyanga police post, says in the past they were faced with a problem of limited manpower, transport and others logistics to curb cattle theft. He also says the problem of cattle theft is aggravated by some LC 1 chairpersons who issue travel permits to people including thieves transporting cattle in the night.

 

Kitayi says they have registered 18 cases of cattle theft since Thursday last week. However, no suspect has been arrested. Alfred Okumu, the chairperson Kasale A village in Nairambi Sub County has welcomed the security measures. Okumu says several residents have been hit hard by the cattle theft.

He hopes that police will prosecute whoever is arrested for cattle theft unlike in the past when the suspects would go scot-free. John Egunyu, a cattle Keeper in Bweema Sub County says he lost 28 cows to gunmen who raided his kraal. He blames the cattle thefts on uncontrolled fishing that has affected fishing pushing residents to turn to stealing cows for survival.

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