Hoima residents set ablaze vehicle carrying stolen animals

The stolen cow being kept at Hoima Central Police Station (Photo: Gad Asaba).

Irate residents of Kigarama Cell in Kyentale Ward, East Division in Hoima City today (Monday) set ablaze a vehicle that was carrying one stolen cow and six goats.

Justus Twesige said the incident took place at around 2am when residents became suspicious of the vehicle prompting them to block the road with rocks to apprehend the occupants but the driver drove over them before the vehicle overturned.

The two occupants jumped out, fled the scene forcing the residents to turn to the abandoned white Toyota Corona vehicle registration number UAF 732 R and set it in flames.

Audio: Twesige on theft (Runyoro/Rutooro)
The scene where the vehicle that was carrying stolen animals was burnt to ashes at Kigarama Cell in East Division, Hoima City. (Photo Gad Asaba).

Francis Muhumuza, some of the residents say cattle theft has increased in the area coercing them to either keep their animals indoors or spend nights outside guarding them.

Audio: Muhumuza on theft (Runyoro/Rutooro)

However, the Albertine Region Police Spokesperson, Julius Allan Hakiza, told this website that two suspects who were travelling in the vehicle have been arrested and detained at Hoima Central Police Station identifying one of them as Godfrey Tumwesige.

The police spokesperson said the suspects will be arraigned before court once investigations are complete.

Audio: Hakiza on theft (English)

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