The cowhide of one of the 158 heads of cattle that the rustlers audaciously stole near the presidential state lodge in Karamoja over the weekend has been found.
The exhibit was found by relatives of the director of public prosecution (DPP) Jane Frances Abodo, just about 100 metres from the Morulinga presidential state lodge in Napak district. It is alleged that the raiders slaughtered the cow, roasted its meat and ate the 'mchomo' before continuing on their journey with the stolen livestock.
The cows were stolen from the kraal of Abodo's family on Sunday. Now, Abodo's family members are bitter and even suspect the presidential guards might have participated in the eating the stolen meat.
According to eyewitnesses, the Matheniko warriors who were estimated to be about 60 and armed, drove the animals passing by the presidential lodge without any fear of being intercepted by the soldiers protecting the state lodge.
Mark Meri, a resident of Lominit village in Lotome sub-county said he hid after seeing the armed warriors driving out livestock at terrific speed past the state lodge.
"When I saw the unusual way animals were running, I noticed there was something going on, so I entered inside the culvert and within few minutes I saw armed warriors driving, passing on top of a culvert I was hiding in," he said.
Pian County MP also the husband to the DPP, Remigio Achia said out of 158 stolen animals, they only managed to recover 29 cows. He said this morning, they discovered the hide of one of his raided animals abandoned in a place near the presidential state Lodge.
"I think even the soldiers guarding the presidential state lodge also ate my cow because, how can the animal be roasted just 100 meters from the state lodge and no one could intervene to see why the fire is being set?" he asked.
Edrin Mawanda, the UPDF 3rd Division spokesperson could not be reached for the comment since his known mobile phone was off.