Kenya, (Xinhua) -- Kenya and Uganda
have formed a joint security unit to deal with cross border
cattle rustling and crime related vices, an official said on
Trans-Nzoia County police Chief
Mrs Lillian Okembo said the unit is tasked with conducting
security surveillance along the border and also target cattle
rustlers behind the loss of cattle from villages near the border
of the two countries. The official said the cross border
security unit will pursue and recover stolen cattle from either
side of the border.
agreed a joint security unit to tackle emerging threats of
cattle rustlers. We aim to stamp out the problem and reduce
border conflicts as result of revengeful raids, she said in
Kitale. She said the unit has helped to recover 5 herds of
cattle that had been stolen from pastoralists in Bukwo
district Eastern Uganda.
The animals were seized from
Kapkoi market in north of Kitale where they were intended to be
sold to local butcher operators. Mrs. Okembo said officers aided
by the owners of the stolen cattle pursued and recovered them
before they could be slaughtered. During the recovery two
suspected thieves managed to escape from the trading center
after they spotted the officers.
cattle had been stolen from Uganda and the thieves had brought
them to the market to sell when the officers and owners
arrived and recovered them, said Mrs. Okembo.
The recovery follows a working
strategies agreed between security agencies in Kenya and Uganda
to stamp out cross border rustling. She said they had identified
a gang operating between Kenya and Uganda involved in cross
border rustling and other related crimes.
resolved with our counterparts in Uganda to conduct a joint
security operation and pursue cattle raiders and perpetrators
of crime, said Okembo.
Also pursued by the unit are
cartels behind drugs and small arms smuggling. To stem border
conflicts, Mrs. Okembo said the two sides had agreed to
collaborate and ensure criminals are arrested and punished.
Meanwhile over 100 Kenya police reservists have been trained on
human rights issues coming in the wake of ex-judicial killing
and misuse of firearms by the officers.
Mrs. Okembo said the officer were
ignorant of human rights and abuse their position. During the 3
week training held in Kitale, the officers were educated on the
rights of the citizens and how they are supposed to discharge
their duties professionally.