Resident of Isingiro on Monday raided a check point mounted by the police at Kagogo in Ruborogota Sub County accusing the officers of using it to extort money from locals. Ruborogota Local council three chairperson Robert Seguya says that the police check-point had been put in place to restrict the movement of livestock at the time when the district was under a quarantine due to the outbreak of foot and mouth disease.
Patrick Kajumba, the Kaberebere town council LC III, says their biggest challenge is the absence of a dumping site. Kajumba says they had identified a piece of land valued at Shillings 100 million but they failed to raise money to buy it prompting the owner to find other buyers.
Innocent Tugume, a resident of Kabarebere town council, says farmers are the most affected by the water crisis. Tugume, who owns a piggery farm, says he uses his motorcycle to fetch water about five kilometers away for his farm, which costs him Shillings 5000 each day
Donozio Kibanda, the Birere Sub county LC V councilor, accuses the Veterinary Department of making the pronouncement without any scientific proof. He says the department should be in position to present communication from the Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Ministries on the quarantine.
A group of drivers accuse Isingiro Town Council Taxi Owners and Drivers Cooperative Society of overcharging and cheating them. They accuse the same group of operating without a valid contract, and torturing drivers in execution of the questionable mandate.
The district slapped a ban on charcoal burning in October citing the depletion of the forest cover in most sub counties there. It was one of the initiatives taken to end indiscriminate tree cutting and mitigate the impacts of climate change on the surroundings.
Sempijja accuses the local authorities for politicizing the livestock quarantine, which compromises efforts by the Agriculture, Animal Industry, and Fisheries Ministry to stamp out the foot and mouth disease from Isingiro district.
Moses Muzima, the Isingiro District police commander, says that Jeremiah Kamurali has been arrested on orders from the Ministry Agriculture for defying a quarantine put in place 10 years ago to contain foot and mouth disease.