The Police in Kiruhura has arrested 12 people for allegedly flouting
the Foot and Mouth disease quarantine. They were arrested on Thursday night at
Ahakageti Village in Sanga while slaughtering cattle.
Last month, Kiruhura District banned the movement, sale and slaughtering of cattle
following the outbreak of Foot and mouth disease. Other districts under partial quarantine are
Mbarara district and city in Biharwe sub-county, Isingiro, Sheema, Ibanda,
Kazo, and Bushenyi.
The Kiruhura District Police Commander Musa Tibakirana says they
had received information from local leaders that some traders were transporting
livestock at night. He explains that the security team launched an operation
that led to the arrest of the twelve suspects.
According to Tibakirana, traders are conniving with unscrupulous
people to steal people’s animals at night.
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Tibakirana says the twelve suspects were found with meat suspected
to be of stolen animals.
He concealed the identities of the suspects to avoid jeopardizing
James Muhwezi and Peter Rwekikomi some of the affected farmers say
they have always reported cattle theft at police but nothing has been.
They now want the government to increase police manpower to carry
out regular operations against the fight livestock theft has increased in the
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Tibakirana says the twelve will be charged with two counts of
theft of animals and violating measures against foot and mouth disease.
The Incident happens days after six people were arrested in Kazo
and Kiruhura districts selling fake Anti Foot and Mouth disease.