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Bride Price-Linked Cattle Theft Results in Five Detentions in Kazo District

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Five individuals are currently in police custody in Kazo District on charges of stealing cows, which they intended to use for a bride price payment.

The main suspect, identified as Bright Muhereza, 34 years old and a resident of Omutebbe in Nkungu Sub-County, Kazo District, was allegedly the groom in this case.

It is claimed that Muhereza, with the assistance of the four other suspects, stole the cattle. The District Police Commander, Philip Mukasa, suspects that these four may be part of a larger cattle theft network in the district.

Muhereza maintains that when he visited his wife’s family last month to pay the bride price, he was asked to provide two cows and two goats, which he did not possess. He claims to have obtained the animals with money and denies any involvement in the theft of cows. According to him, a friend had stolen the cows from a neighbor’s farm and sold them to him.

Muhereza further narrates that after the bride price was paid, his father-in-law arranged for a neighbor to graze the cows on his land, and this neighbor subsequently reported the incident to the police, leading to Muhereza’s arrest.

The owner of the allegedly stolen cows, Bob Tumusiime, reported their theft last week. He was surprised when he saw his neighbor bringing the cows and requesting grazing space.

Philip Mukasa has stated that investigations are ongoing, and the suspects will potentially face charges of cattle theft as advised by the Director of Public Prosecutions.