Four local council I chairpersons in Bushenyi district are in trouble over cattle theft.
The local council officials were picked up together with 12 other suspects in a joint operation led by Isaac Kawooya, the Bushenyi Resident District Commissioner.
John Rutaagira, the acting Bushenyi District Police Commander identified the local council of Kayojo cell, Richard Muturugu of Ruganga cell and Milicah Tumuhairwe from Ryakitsire village.
The DPC who paraded the suspects before the press at Bushenyi Central Police Station notes that cattle theft has become a security issue in the district.
He adds that the LC I officials currently under detention, connived with livestock traders and butchers and used their official stamps to facilitate the movement of stolen cattle.
Rutaagira says the suspects will be arraigned in courts to answer charges that include conspiracy, abuse of office and animal theft.
According to Rutaagira, 198 cows have also been recovered in the operations that started during the festive season in greater Bushenyi.
Isaac Kawooya, the Bushenyi Resident District Commissioner says it is unfortunate that the LCs who are entrusted with safeguarding peoples’ property have become part of the problem.
Willis Bashaasha, the Bushenyi district LC V chairperson says despite the fact that he is an elected leader; he will never leave those involved in cattle theft to walk scot-free.
In the past Bashaasha has been naming and shaming all suspected cattle thieves, but the strategy seems to have had little impact.