Kayonza district in eastern Rwanda has auctioned off cattle seized while grazing on land belonging to the RDF Combat Training Centre in Gabiro, Eastern Province.
On July 24, The Chronicles reported about the case, following up on other auctions which had taken place in neighbouring Nyagatare and Gatisbo districts.
Cattle owners in the three districts are affected by a standing directive to ensure their animals do not graze on land belonging to the RDF facility.
18 cattle owners in Gatsibo lost 493 cattle sold at Rwf 83.2m, while 13 people in Nyagatare lost 180 cattle auctioned at Rwf25m.
For Kayonza district, the auction of 157 cattle was stopped after the owners secured a court injuction from the Ngoma Intermediate Court.
A case filed by the owners was due to be heard this Thursday September 26. However, the auction took place on Tuesday at a highly hidden auction inside the Gabiro military facility.
Some of the people who bought from the auction confessed to local media of how they were privately invited by the Kayonza district officials to take a share of the cattle.
By selling off the contested cattle against a standing court order, it shows how political officials are freely willing to disregard the other arm of government; the judiciary.