Gov’t in operation against cattle theft in Central cattle corridor

The Minister for Security Maj. Gen Jim Muhwezi has said that the government will soon launch a special operation to curb livestock theft in the central cattle corridor. 

Muhwezi made the remarks during this year’s national heroes day celebrations at Kololo ceremonial grounds.

 He was responding to concerns that were raised by representatives of veterans.  

The National Chairperson of Luwero bush war veterans, Hajji Edirisa Ssedunga, said that there has been an increase in cases of livestock theft in Wakiso, Nakasongola, Luwero, Nakaseke, Kiboga, Kyankwanzi, Mubende, and Gomba.

Hajji Ssedunga noted that the rampant theft is not only causing insecurity in the area but also leaving many farmers in poverty. 

Muhwezi noted that his office and the Ministry of Internal Affairs have been receiving information about the theft. 

He added that security agencies are now in advanced stages of taking measures to ensure that the vice is curbed.

Nearly every week, there are reports of livestock theft in Greater Luwero. Local leaders in the have over time-resolved to set up anti-theft committees to curb the vice but this is yet to yield results.

Speaking at the same event, Alice Kaboyo, Minister of State for Luwero Triangle-Rwenzori Region, reassured civilian veterans of the liberation war that the government is committed to paying their gratuity.

Kaboyo also noted the government is making arrangements to ensure that veterans can receive free treatment from military hospitals.

In his speech read by Prime Minister Robinah Nabanja, President Museveni equated the heroism and courage of the nine NRM supporters who were killed at Kikandwa to that of the Uganda Martyrs.

Museveni noted that despite threats of death, they declined to reveal the hideout of the NRA guerrilla unit.

President Museveni asked local leaders to rally the population to embrace involved the Parish Development Model (PDM) which he described as a game-changer that will increase production and productivity in the country. 

At this year’s event, 81 people, civilians, and security officers were awarded different medals for their dedicated service.


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