Paul Oloo, a candidate in the recently finished Parliamentary elections, is being investigated by Moroto police for livestock theft. Oloo, commonly known as Balabala-Moi, was defeated by Lokii John Baptist for the Matheniko County parliamentary seat.
The cattle were allegedly stolen from a neighboring hamlet on Thursday night, and police said footprints from the crime location were tracked to Oloo’s village in Nasinyonoit. Oloo had just returned to Moroto from Soroti, where he had lost a petition disputing the results of the January 2021 elections.
Security officers fenced off Nasinyonoit village about 8:00 a.m., witnesses said, and subsequently summoned Balabala-Moi, the Village Chairperson only identified as Kapel, and three other people to report to police and aid investigations. They were then summoned to the Moroto Central Police Station to provide a statement.
According to police, some of the animals being tracked by the Joint Forces arrived in Nasinyonoit hamlet, and after a cordon and search, Oloo emerged from the same location and provided information that could aid the inquiry. Balabala-Moi was recording a statement this afternoon when a crowd of his fans arrived on the police station.
Some of his followers had earlier gotten into a spat with security agents over claims that he had been jailed. Mt. Moroto Police Spokesperson Michael Longole, on the other hand, urged the people to remain calm and let the cops do their job.
This isn’t the first time that security agents have requested local leaders for assistance in cattle theft investigations. Several Sub parish councillors from various locations in Moroto district were apprehended by the army in June on suspicion of involvement in cattle theft in their areas. They were later released with no charges filed against them.