Corpun file 23654
The New Vision, Kampala, 29 September 2011
Nebbi LC chairman held over stealing goat
By B. Okethwengu
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The LC1 chairman of Abindu village and chairman of the NRM
Abindu ward in Nebbi town has been arrested for allegedly
stealing a goat.
Gerald Ogen was arrested on Sunday, when a butcher who operates
in Nebbi town was found with the stolen goat.
The unidentified man reportedly confessed that he bought the goat
from Ogen. Residents wanted to lynch Ogen, but later resolved
that a vote-of-no-confidence was the best punishment for the
Ogen was relieved of his duties, given 12 strokes of the cane and
fined three goats.
According to Josephine Angucia, the north-western Police
spokesperson, cases of animal theft are rampant in the West Nile
"The LCs conspire with thieves to steal animals. They issue
movement permits for stolen animals instead of impounding
them," she said.
Angucia said over 29 cases of animal theft were reported in Nebbi
and Arua between July and September this year. She, however, said
many go unreported.
She attributed the increase in the theft of animals in the region
to LC1 officials who issue movement permits for stolen animals.
Angucia said most of the stolen animals end up in the Democratic
Republic of Congo where the demand is high while others are sold
on black markets.
She said it has become difficult for the Police to recover some
of the stolen animals from Congo because of the weak laws in that
"The law in Congo is weak. They allow the animals to move
freely and that makes it difficult to recover stolen
animals," she said.
Angucia appealed to the LC officials not to abuse their power by
engaging in criminal activities. "We know the LC officials
have got the right to issue permits for the movement of animals,
but let them not abuse that right," she said.
Angucia advised the LC officials to verify the owners of the
animals before issuing movement permits.
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