Mutukula-Uganda: The Ugandan Police at Kasaali check-point in Kyotera district on Thursday arrested two Ugandans suspected to have stolen 70 cows from Tanzanian herdsmen in Bubaal. The suspects however insisted the cows belong to one of His Excellency President Museveni’s brother Michael Nuwagira aka Toyota, The Investigator reports.
The arrest came after a one Musoliini based in Tanzania reported to the Ugandan Police two days ago to have lost 70 cows from his kraal but suspected them to have been crossed to Uganda from the Mutukula border.
The arrested suspects (names withheld) have been insisting the cows belonged to a strong government official whose names they declined to reveal. “If you keep these cows, you may lose your job. Make sure you leave us to go our way because we are not thieves at all”, they said.
It was after a tough engagement with security operatives that they later revealed that the cows belonged to ‘Toyota’. Toyota is said to have different types of business running in Greater Masaka region and most especially at the border point of Mutukula.
The Kyotera District Police Commander Musa Kayongo told the Investigator that the cows will be kept at Kakuuto police as investigations go on. “As of now, we have got people complaining to own the cows that were heading to Kampala but we shall first confirm as we investigate the matter”, he said.
He further said cases of cattle theft had risen in Kyotera most especially in areas of Kakuuto and Mutukula but Police has been so keen to identify the culprits. Kayongo further said at times people tend to say out names of big personalities in the government as a way of scaring away security organs and try to prove innocent.
“We shall not tolerate such statements from such suspects and our investigations will go on until we get the true evidence”, added the officer. Musoliini said Ugandans have always made it a tendency to smuggle their cows without any mercy and he urged the authorities to intervene as a way of securing their cows.
“If security and other organs fail to intervene, we shall end up losing lives in these matters because the smugglers are too harsh on us yet we are not also ready to surrender our cows.
Kayongo promised to liaise with the responsible organs to make sure security of people and their property is strengthened especially at the Mutukula boarder. Efforts to reach Toyota were futile as his only known number was still off by the time we filed this story.