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
//Cue in: “nka district tukagira…
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
Foot and mouth disease (FMD) is a severe, highly contagious viral
disease that affects cattle, swine, sheep, goats and other cloven-hoofed
Some of the symptoms of FMD are fever, depression,
hypersalivation, loss of appetite, weight loss, growth retardation and a drop
in milk production,