Nearly 200 head of cattle were last (Monday) night stolen from two villages including Pacil East and Agoro in Atiak Sub-county, Amuru District by a yet to be identified cowherd that locals recognise only as Nyankole – a western Uganda tribe known for rearing long horned cattle.
The Pacil East village chairman, Denis Otema, told our reporter that several cattle farmers lost their animals including John Oboma who lost seven cows, William Okullo lost 53 head of cattle while Simon Okumu lost eight among others.
Otema says the cows were realised as missing after a woman met the cowherd driving a big herd at Remotwo village at around 11pm.
The chairman says on seeing the woman, the cowherd fled into the bush forcing the farmers to pursue him immediately after receiving the information. However, the man disappeared though some farmers had recovered their animals by 9am today (Tuesday).
William Okullu, one of the victims says he had by press time recovered 16 out of his 53 cows while John Oboma says he had recovered seven out of his 16 missing cows.
When contacted, Patrick Omara, the officer in charge of Atiak police station, said he only heard rumours about the incident adding that no official case had been reported to the station by press time.
Many Banyankole are employed as cowherds in Amuru district.