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Suspected Cattle Thieves Survive Lynching in Pader

Polycarp Oyet and Junior Mwaka, all residents of Kanakok West village, Palwo parish last week stole a cow belonging to Mathew Mwaka.
The two suspected cattle thieves being flogged by local leaders in Pajule sub county in Pader district
Two suspected cattle thieves have survived lynching in Pader district.

Polycarp Oyet and Junior Mwaka, all residents of Kanakok West village, Palwo parish last week stole a cow belonging to Mathew Mwaka.

The duo was arrested by residents transporting the animal to Amach livestock market in Lira district. They were detained at Lapul sub-county police outpost.

Godfrey Ocaya, the Pajule Sub-County Councillor says that on Saturday, leaders from the two sub-counties intervened and requested the police to release the suspect for a mediation process. However, the residents beat the suspects.

They were also fined 500,000 shillings as compensation for the inconveniences and damages caused to the owner of the animal.

David Komakech, the Kanakok West Village Chairperson says that livestock theft is a common practice in the area involving youth during the festive seasons. Komakech adds that thieves take advantage of South Sudan; Lamwo and Kitgum trucks that pass through Pader to transport their loots.

Statistics from Pader district Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Department indicates that cattle theft ranks fifth among the cases reported between January and October 2018.