In Kazo District, five individuals are currently in police custody on suspicion of stealing cows to cover the bride price. The primary suspect, Bright Muhereza, aged 34 and residing in Omutebbe, Nkungu Sub-County, Kazo District, has been identified by District Police Commander Philip Mukasa.
The allegations suggest that Muhereza, who was the groom in this situation, received assistance from the other four suspects in the theft of the cattle. Mukasa suspects that these four individuals might be part of a larger network involved in cattle theft within the district.
Muhereza claims 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 at the time. However, he states that he managed to acquire the animals with money he found. He vehemently denies any involvement in stealing cows and insists that a friend stole the cows from his neighbor’s farm and then sold them to him.
He goes on to explain that after paying the bride price, his father-in-law arranged for his immediate neighbor to graze the cows on the neighbor’s farm. This neighbor subsequently reported the situation to the police, leading to Muhereza’s arrest.
Bob Tumusiime, the owner of the stolen cows, reported that his cows had been stolen the previous week. He was taken aback when he saw his neighbor bringing the cows and requesting grazing space.
Mukasa mentioned that investigations into the matter are ongoing, and the suspects will face charges related to cattle theft based on the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions.