Parliament has referred the matter of unlawful blocking of Lwemiyaga
County Cattle Market and confiscation of cattle by Gen. Elly Tumwine to the
Agriculture committee for scrutiny.
The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga on Thursday referred a petition from
Cattle keepers and traders in the cattle corridor and residents of Lwemiyaga in
Ssembabule district against security Ministry Gen Elly Tumwine and the Uganda
Police to the Agriculture committee.
The petitioners accuse Tumwine of confiscating their cattle and the police for
blocking the market.
Lwemiyaga County MP Theodore Ssekikubo was last month arrested for
allegedly mobilizing residents to defy livestock quarantine and inciting
violence against law enforcement officers.
Ssekikubo then accused Tumwine of enforcing the quarantine in order to have a
monopoly and profiteer from cattle trade with his business associates at the
expense of local livestock farmers.
Presenting a petition before Parliament, Ssekikubo asked Parliament to take a
keen interest on the arbitrary confiscation and detention of trader’s cattle,
the closure of cattle markets on orders of Gen Elly Tumwine and enforcement of
a false quarantine of the foot and mouth affected areas.
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Ssekikubo tabled before Parliament an instrument from the commissioner
detailing the areas of quarantine, an order by court of the release of the
animals, certificate of herd health among others.
Kadaga forwarded the matter to the committee of Agriculture to
investigate the matter expeditiously saying there are some areas in the country
that are constantly under quarantine.
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The referral of the matter against Gen Tumwine to the committee for scrutiny
comes at the backdrop of a censure motion mooted by Parliament on Wednesday
following allegations that he frustrated investigations into torture of
Ugandans and safe houses.