The Madi Opei Urban Council LC III Chairperson Abdallah Jumah Jaleh says one of the suspects was arrested at around 5:30 am on Sunday morning a few meters to a community cattle kraal at Gere village in Kal Parish.
Sudan nationals have been arrested for allegedly coordinating illegal cattle
raids in Madi Opei Sub County and Madi Opei Town Council, Lamwo District.
The suspects only
identified as Oyugi and Agoo, all residents of Tseretenya Bomah in Ikotos County
of South Sudan were arrested by residents.
Opei Urban Council LC III Chairperson Abdallah Jumah Jaleh says one of the
suspects was arrested at around 5:30 am on Sunday a few meters to a
community cattle kraal at Gere village in Kal Parish. According to Jaleh, the
second suspect was later arrested by the army who met him while heading towards
the kraal in disguise that he was looking for his mentally ill brother.
residents allege that before their arrest the suspects were seen roaming
within Madi Opei Town Council alleging they were on a visit to check on their
relatives on the Ugandan side.
“Iwor me ceng…..
intelligence information indicates that a section of suspected cattle thieves has
always crossed into Uganda purportedly to visit their relatives only to
coordinate cattle rustling before returning to their country. However, the
Ifuda Bomah Chief of Tseretenya in South Sudan, Peter Odwar refuted the allegation
purporting that the suspects were spying with an interest of engaging in
Odwar, one of the suspects is a youth leader in Tseretenya Bomah of Ikotos
County in South Sudan who had traveled with his brother into Uganda last week
to repair their motorcycle at Madi Opei Town Council. Odwar says authorities of
South Sudan’s Ikotos County are in negotiations with their Ugandan counterparts to pay a courtesy visit in a bid of entering a mutual agreement for the
unconditional release of the suspects.
//Cue in: “pien ni lawor…..
District Police Commander Robert Kachumu says the duo currently in their
custody will be subjected to a medical examination to ascertain the mental
status since one of the suspects is alleged to have engaged in the criminal act
under psychological challenges.
Kachumu, a case of livestock theft has been preferred against the suspects who
will be arraigned before court and charged before the courts of law.
comes barely days following a foiled cattle raid that occurred on Friday in
Guda Palwo village, Loke parish where six herds of animals were stolen but
recovered following an immediate pursuit of the thieves by the army.