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Cattle Trader in Kazo Arrested For Defying Livestock Quarantine

Asaph Nayebare, 37 was found transporting cows, sheep and goats on Thursday night on a Fuso truck registration number UBD 130L from Mugore- Kijuma village in Rwemikoma Sub County to Kampala.

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The Police in Kazo District has arrested a cattle trader for defying the livestock quarantine.

Asaph Nayebare, 37 was found transporting cows, sheep and goats on Thursday night on a Fuso truck registration number UBD 130L from Mugore- Kijuma village in Rwemikoma Sub County to Kampala.

Dr Ronald Kiyemba, the District Veterinary Officer says they got a tip-off from concerned farmers about the night cattle business in Rwemikoma Sub-county and decided to lay traps.

He says they have intensified security and added more personnel in the sub-county to prevent further business.

The Kazo Resident District Commissioner and chairperson FMD committee, Ruth Sabiiti Kashaka, says that Nayebare will appear before the court and his cattle will remain in the market.

//Cue in: “kandi amateeka nigagira…

Cue out: …endwara mbbi nkegyo.”//

Joseph Nahabwe Muheki, a farmer in Rwemikoma sub-county says that farmers and traders have secretly defied the quarantine by transport livestock in the night.

He says traders connive with farmers to slaughter the cows and goats in the middle of nights which later transport to other neighbouring districts.

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Cue out; …tukiine ekizibu kyejwa.”//

Samson Ogaba, a farmer accuses security personnel of extorting money from cattle traders transporting livestock at night.

Dr Kiyemba says that the night cattle business is instigated by farmers who connive with traders to freely move in and out without the knowledge of the leaders and security.

“If farmers work closely with us how would traders come in to buy cattle, it is the farmers that help traders come in and move out without our Knowledge”. He says.

5,000 cattle have since been vaccinated against the foot and mouth disease in Kazo District. 

Last Month the Ministry of Agriculture issued a ban on the movement of cattle in most districts of Ankole including Mbarara city and District, Kiruhura, Kazo, Ibanda and Isingiro after an outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease.

Foot and mouth disease (FMD) is a severe, highly contagious viral disease that affects cattle, swine, sheep, goats and other cloven-hoofed ruminants.

Some of the symptoms of FMD are fever, depression, hypersalivation, loss of appetite, weight loss, growth retardation and a drop in milk production,

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