Kazo district registers increased cases of cattle theft.
By Racheal Nuwahereza
Police in Kazo district has registered over 24 reported cases of cattle theft in the months of April and May this year.
Speaking to our reporter, ASP Lukooto John, the Kazo district police commander (DPC) revealed that in April 2022, 11 cases of cattle theft were registered while in May 2022, 13 cases of cattle theft were registered citing an increase in cases of cattle theft in an area.
Dpc Lukooto revealed that he suspects the cases are much more than those reported and urged farmers to be vigilant with their animals especially during the night and always profiled the details of their workers.
“We have put measures in place, done community sensitization and it’s still ongoing. We are encouraging people to profile their workers and have someone to look after cattle when they are grazing especially in the night so that they do not become an easy target for the thieves,” said Lukooto.
Dpc Lukooto also noted that Buremba sub-county and Buremba Town Council have the highest reported cases of cattle theft followed by Burunga Sub-county, all in Kazo district.
An independent study by Kazo FM established that most cattle thieves slaughter the animals and disguise the meat in milk cans which they use to transport it.
According to section 266 of the penal code Act, any individual charged with cattle rustling once he/she is convicted, is liable to imprisonment for life.
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