Daring cattle thieves attack General Gutti’s farm
Daring cattle thieves raided the farm of Makindye-based General Court Martial Chairman Lt. Gen. Andrew Gutti in Lorengechora City Council, Napak District on Thursday evening and took 130 head of cattle away .
The raid took place just hours after a peace and reconciliation meeting between three Karimojong clans; Matheniko from Moroto, Jie from Kotido and Bokora from Napak and Turkana from Kenya which took place at Naitakwae field in Moroto municipality.
One of the neighbors, said Mr Simon Korobe Daily monitor that the suspected fully armed warriors took advantage of the heavy downpour and attacked the general’s farm while the local defense unit (LDU) personnel deployed to guard it slept.
âThey came in great numbers, entered the general’s farm and selected a large size of animals and walked away quickly,â he said.
Mrs. Betty Nangiro, another neighbor, wonders where the thieves had the courage to loot the farm.
Major Peter Mugisa, UPDF 3rd The division spokesman confirmed the raid but said 100 head of cattle had been recovered so far.
Major Mugisa said the army collected the animals from Kautakou village on the way to Moroto district.
âWe have so far recovered 100 head of cattle, but 30 are still missing. However, our soldiers are following them and I know we will get them, âhe said.
Major Mugisa warned the Karimojong warriors against rusting cattle, adding that the practice frustrates the development of the sub-region.
The raid comes just weeks after a group of unknown thugs broke into the general’s ancestral home and left with a Massey Ferguson tractor.
The suspected thugs broke into the general’s home in Iriiri village in Iriiri sub-county in Napak district on March 31.
Deputy Police Inspector Michael Longole, spokesperson for police in southern Karamoja, said the thugs abandoned the tractor in a nearby bush after it ran out of fuel.
A week earlier, the General’s Orange farm had been burnt down. No arrests were made.