Police Arrest 44 Suspects as Operations Against Cattle Theft Intensify in Rwizi Region

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Police in Rwizi Region have ramped up their efforts to combat cattle theft following a surge in reported incidents. These intensified operations have resulted in the arrest of 44 individuals involved in the theft of cattle, primarily in Kazo and Kiruhura districts.

According to SCP Fred Enanga, the Police Spokesperson, the operations were initiated on October 6, 2023, in response to numerous complaints from local leaders, politicians, and the community. Since then, significant progress has been made, with 23 suspects already charged in court and the remaining 21 scheduled to appear today.

Notable suspects brought before the court include Fred Nuwamanya (27), Moses Ndyaguma (45), Jamada Ssentogo (37), Gerald Rwabutigiri, William Kaweesi (25), Yorokamu Byamukama, Alex Tugume, Alex Bwambale, and Fred Kamugisha, among others.

Enanga revealed that the criminals employed strategies such as using salon cars like Premios and Noahs as getaway vehicles. The three identified motor vehicles, all Premios, bear the registration numbers UAK 028T, UAT 590A, and UAW 608Y.

Additionally, two motorcycles were seized during the operations, along with the carcasses of 17 cows. Due to potential health risks, the meat from the slaughtered cows was disposed of as the police lacked the means to ensure its safety for consumption.

The police express confidence in having apprehended the right suspects, as there have been no new reports of cattle theft since their arrests. The success of these intelligence-led operations brings relief to the districts of Kazo and Kiruhura, as local farmers can resume their activities without fear of further losses.

Efforts to combat cattle theft remain ongoing, and the police assure the public that they will continue to prioritize the safety and security of the community.

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