February 27, 2024

UPDF officer arrested over allegations of stealing cattle

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Lillian Ruteraho, the Kagadi RDC

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KAGADI

A one top UPDF officer at a rank of Major and two others have today (Friday) survived lynching by an angry mob in Bwikara Sub County on allegations of cattle theft.

The incident transpired in Kisura trading center Bwikara Sub County Kagadi District in the wee hours today (Friday) morning between midnight and 3Am.

According to an eyewitness who preferred anonymity has told our reporter that one person carried with a gun was driving a vehicle registration number UAE 722 /C whereas the other two men on foot were chasing two cows coming from Kyaterekera side and were intercepted in Kisura trading center amidst alarm which attracted residents in thousands to come witness the purported thieves.

Upon interception, the Kisura village Lc1 chairperson was informed and rushed to the scene from where he immediately started interrogating the suspects and it was realized that one of them carried with a gun was a UPDF officer at a rank of Major, something that created fear amongst locals.

This prompted them to alert the police of Bwikara Trading center and on arrival they fired live ammunition in air to subdue the suspect carrying the gun.

The incident has been confirmed by the RDC for Kagadi Lillian Ruteraho who identified one of the suspects as Major Andrew a UPDF officer whereas the two others their names remained scanty.

RDC Ruteraho said that upon interrogation the army officer told them that he was coming from his farm in Ndaiga Sub County from where he picked the cows.

RDC said the suspects were in the wee hours of today morning (Friday) brought to Kagadi central police station where they are currently detained from.

Commissioner Ruteraho has thanked residents of Kisura and greater Bwikara for not taking the law in their hands to lynch the suspects.

She has however cautioned security officers and other government civil servants against misusing their offices and powers, thus condemning the Major Officer for illegally transporting his cows because of the rank he holds.

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