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Authorities in Mbarara on the spot over rampant animal theft

Livestock owners in Mbarara district have expressed disappointment over the unending livestock theft.

Officials and affected farmers in the district attributed the persistent livestock theft to lack of enforcement policies and enough security personnel.

The affected farmers argue that although Mbarara District security committee issued a ban on night movement and transportation of animals as measure to curb the vice, its enforcement has not been realized.

Emmy Katera Turyabagyenyi, the Resident District Commissioner Mbarara noted that the measure has been frustrated by the inadequate security personnel to patrol the entire District.

He added that they have intensified operations to curb down the vice and several suspects have been rounded up.

According to police records, from January to June this year, 400 cases of animal theft have been registered in the Rwizi policing region.

The Rwizi policing region covers the districts of Ibanda, Isingiro, Kiruhura, Mbarara, Kazo, Ntungamo, Rwampara and Mbarara city.

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