Tuesday, 9 April 2013


News by: E-Society
Story By: Thembo Kahungu Misairi in Kasese April 8.

The Kasese district chairman has announced a cash prize of shillings 200000 to whoever will lead to the recovery of an illegal fire arm part of those reportedly being used by thugs to kill people and shooting wild animals.

The reward comes at a time when Lt. Col. Mawa Muhindo has taken a temporary break from office work to lead the operation against thugs who have been shooting people, killing wild animals and stealing livestock and sale the meat on the open market.

Some of the suspects arrested in the ongoing operation against the thugs with illegal fire arms.

The operation that involves the UPDF officers and police’s crime
intelligence team has been intensified in the sub-counties near the
border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Lt. Col. Mawa says a few guns have been recovered in the operation but fears that more should be hidden in several places in the district, the reason he announced a cash prize for whoever volunteers information leading to a gun.
He says that most of the arrested suspects have been cooperative by leading to where some of the guns that have caused insecurity in the
area are hidden.  He however could not reveal the number of guns recovered so far saying the suspects would zero only on those and conceal others. “The operation is yielding results because key suspects are being arrested and leading the security personnel to where some guns are. I cannot reveal how many guns we have in our hands now but the operation
continues, many will come out in a few days from now”. Said Lt. Col.
Mawa. Lt. Col. Mawa claims he has handed over 20 suspects in both theft, murder and possessing illegal fire arms to police as the operation to dig out for more especially in Karambi and Nyakiyumbu sub-counties goes on. However, we could not verify the number of suspects arrested with the police because the Officer in charge of Mpondwe-Customs police post
Mr. Kawonawo decline to comment, saying the operation is still in its infancy.

In separate meetings by the district chairman with butchers and local council leaders, it was resolved that all live stock being transferred from a sub-county to another should have a movement permit signed by the Chairman LC One and the LC 3 chairperson.
The local leaders and the butchers condemned the Highway police of being negligent to their work by allowing stolen goats and cattle a free way to the market. All meat sold on the stalls outside the licensed butcheries has also been banned effective Friday April 12, 2013 after it was revealed that most of it is stolen outside the district.

There are two illegal abattoirs discovered in Karambi sub-county and at the Mpondwe border post where stolen animals are allegedly skinned from. Over 20 motorcycles and house hold property worth millions have been recovered by the security operatives in the Mpondwe-Lubiriha town council.