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Mob lynches LC1 chairperson for alleged cattle theft

Kween, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Police have launched a manhunt for key suspects accused of killing Moses Chepsukor, the LCI chairperson of Tarak village, Kapkwata parish in Kween district after allegedly stealing two cows. Chepsukor met his death at the hands of a mob in Bukwo district on Monday evening.

The mob members accused Chepsukor of stealing two cows from Kortek sub-county in Bukwo district. He was intercepted and killed while driving the cows to Kween.

Aminisi Kayondo, the Bukwo District Police Commander said that Chepsukor had breathed his last by the time police arrived at the scene.

“We are looking for the people who participated in lynching the suspect because they are not allowed to take the law into their hands,” he said.

According to Kayondo, incidents of mob justice and revenge attacks are common in Sebei sub region, something he said must stop.

James Chemasuwet, one of the residents of Kortek claims that the deceased has been a terrible cattle thief and well connected to livestock traders in Bugisu region.

“I don’t regret the timely death of the chairman because he has been using his position as LC1 chairperson to steal people’s animals and selling them to traders from Bugisu,” Chemasuwet said.

Joel Chelimo, another resident wondered why the whole chairperson who is supposed to rally people against theft can be tempted to steal.

Samuel Hashaka Mpimbaza, the Bukwo Resident District Commissioner said that cases of animal theft in the Sebei region were on the rise, adding that some people from Sebei were collaborating with the Karimojong cattle rustlers.



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