By Elly Karenzi
Police in Ibanda district have in it’s custody four men who were arrested on Tuesday for allegedly stealing animals and selling meat in various hotels in the district.
The District Police Commander, Mr. Denis Ochama said four people have been arrested from Kagongo division with fresh meat, skins and offal of slaughtered animals hidden.
Police has indentified the gang leader as Medard Namara who told our reporter that they had formed a society to move in different districts buying animals at a giveaway price.
He disclosed that he is the head of the society while Matayo Gumisiriza is the treasurer, Mugisha and one Leonard are tasked to negotiate with herdsmen at night.
Namara explains that they steal animals and supply the meat in different hotels and muchomo centers in Kagongo, Rwengiri, Kigarama, Rugazi,Katooma and other areas.
He said most of animals are being fetched from Kazo and Kanoni sub counties in Kiruhura district, Rubindi, Kashare and Kagongi sub counties in Kashaari county in Mbarara district while others transport the stolen animals from Kicence,Ntara and Nyabani in Kamwenge district.
The most stolen animals especially goats, cattle and sheep are transported on motorcycles or lorries.