who have been collaborating with cattle thieves in Katakwi District have been
remanded to Katakwi Prison. They were arrested by the joint security forces
early this week following an increase number of cases of cattle theft in the
They are Martin Aurumo of Osasia Village in Magoro Sub County, Phillip
Obwakori, Julius Moses Kwapi, John Robert Obwale, Charles Edangat, and Sam
Omoding- all residents of Okode Village in Okore Sub County. They were on
Thursday remanded by Paul Abdonson Owino, the Grade One Magistrate of Katakwi.
They were part of ten suspects who were arrested. However, four were granted
bail and include Moses Ojao of Achanga Village, John Robert Obwale of Aleles
Village and Joseph Outa of Olilim Village- all in Palam Sub County, according
to the East Kyoga Regional Police Spokesman, Oscar Gregg Ageca.
Ekoom, the Resident District Commissioner in Katakwi says the team was traced
using some of the phones abandoned in some homesteads that were raided. Ekoom
says that he convened a district security meeting where they resolved to
subject the recovered phones to the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence-CMI for investigations.
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Omolo, the LCV Chairperson says that cattle theft in Katakwi has been a
syndicate between residents in the area and the cattle thieves in Karamoja.
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Kapelebyong district, three suspected Karimojong thieves were arrested in another
joint security operation on Thursday. The suspects are Aleper Lokoriteba, Simon
Deide and Logir Lemukol. They were arrested
with four stolen cattle within the district.
Information from Katakwi district indicates that there has been a decline in
cases of cattle theft since the arrest of collaborators.
Ekoom says that since February 2021, the district has lost more than 600 cattle
to thieves and only about 500 have been recovered.