Tuesday May 18 2010

Nine remanded over raiding cattle

By Steven Ariong


Nine suspected cattle rustlers were yesterday remanded to Kotido Prison as the law against cattle rustling started to bite.

The nine rustlers identified, Loduk Onya, Apurio Kaidwe, Lotyang Lokale, Locan Lomulo, Lorot Napole, Jackson Teko, Michael Akol, Onyait Longok, and Otole were among the people yesterday remanded for two weeks by the Kotido Grade One Magistrate Teko Lokeris.

“I am remanding you as you wait for a High Court decision because my court doesn’t have jurisdiction to try such capital cases,” he said.

This is the first time suspended Karimojong rustlers have been charged with raiding cattle.

But Karamoja police spokesperson George Obia said the law against cattle rustling was there before though dormant.
“Since the re-establishment of law and order in Karamoja’, we shall arrest and charge the cattle rustlers,” he said yesterday.

The detention comes after President Museveni blamed the army leadership in Karamoja region for the continued cattle raids, saying they have all the means to stop the ‘nonsense’ but have failed.

The President was reacting to reports that cattle rustlers, including Pokot from neighbouring Kenya, have been raiding Karamoja, destroying property and killing innocent civilians over the weekend.

The President was in Karamoja on a tour of prosperity-for-all programmes in the region most affected by decades of conflicts and chronic cattle rustling.