Police in Kayonza are holding four men suspected of stealing and slaughtering a cow belonging to one Alphonsine Mutuyinka.
According to the Eastern Region Police Spokesperson, Inspector of Police (IP) Emmanuel Kayigi, the four suspects, currently held at Rukara Police station, include Pierre Mujyambere and Jacque Nsekanabanga, who allegedly stole the cow from the kraal on April 10, at about 2am.
“They were later joined by one Jean Bosco Havugimana, who provided tools used to slaughter the cow, and they took the meat at one Modeste Rugwiza to sell it.
Both Havugimana and Rugwiza were also arrested.
“As Rugwiza kept looking for buyers, one resident got suspicious and called the police. We arrived at Rugwiza’s home and indeed found the meat. Rugwiza admitted he had got it from the other three men. The four suspects are in custody as we investigate the case,” said IP Kayigi.
“We are grateful to the resident that got suspicious and called the police. We urge everyone to emulate this; whenever you are suspicious of something, always call the police to authenticate your suspicions… it’s the only way we will keep our societies safe and arrest criminals,” he added.
The spokesperson emphasized that, despite the fact that the suspects will be charged of several offenses including theft, the manner in which they kept the meat was equally illegal.
IP Kayigi reminded residents to always avoid buying meat that is not well preserve and from a licensed person and hygienic places.
The suspects risk a jail sentence of up to two years if found guilty as stipulated by article 300 of the penal code.
The article states that, “Any person who commits theft without violence or threat shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of six months to two years and a fine of two to five times the value of the stolen property or one of these penalties.”