FMD is currently reported across five districts in Teso Sub Region, Katakwi being the worst hit with four sub-counties (Kapujan, Getom, Katakwi and Okulonyo). The other districts are Kapelebyong with two sub-counties (Okungur and Obalanga) while Ngora, Bukedea and Amuria have a sub-county each with reported cases of FMD.
Rogers Masaba, the Assistant Manager Water for Production in Eastern region said that dams have allocated to three districts of northern Teso. They include one valley tank to Amuria District, two for Kapelebyong District and three for Katakwi District.
On Friday, the Director of Human Resource Development at UPF, Godfrey Goloba passed out 170 District Police Commanders- DPCs drawn from across the country after undergoing a refresher three months course at Olilim Counter-Terrorism Police Training School in Katakwi District.
East Kyoga Regional Police Spokesman Oscar Gregg Ageca says that personnel from Katakwi Central Police Station were tipped off about the illegal operation and acted to stop it by dispersing the market and arresting the officers.
Simon Peter Iranit, a resident of Aputon Village in Ngariam Sub County, says the cattle thefts in the area have worsened with residents losing cattle every day. He told our reporter that in the last four days, the village has lost six cattle to rustlers who raid the village at night.
According to the East Kyoga Regional Police Spokesman, Oscar Greg Ageca says that the patrol car swerved off the road after a tyre burst and overturned several times. The injured were rushed to Katakwi General Hospital.
The District Police Commander of Katakwi, David Wills Ndaula says they have arrested seven people including six relatives, whose identities he withheld for security reasons. He also noted that 17 animals that were taken by the attackers have been recovered.
Katakwi District Police Commander, David Wills Ndaula, says that they picked up the suspects on a tip-off by residents during a security operation involving the police, the Anti Stock Theft Unit and Uganda People’s Defense Forces in Abela area.
The Zonal Manager, Micro Finance Support Center in Soroti, Simon Peter Egiriat says that said that each SACCO will each receive 30 million shillings while the elected SACCO leaders will get 50 million to boost their livelihoods as directed by the President’s Office.
Amuriat who is currently canvassing for support in Katakwi District was moved by the high levels of poverty and suffering by people in the area. The residents told Amuriat in Kapujan Sub County that they are living in poverty because they don’t have money to buy food and other basic needs like soap and salt.
According to the report, Katakwi Town Council leads with 190 cases, followed by Magoro with 188, Usuk Sub County 177, Katakwi Sub County 137, Ongongoja Sub County with 115 cases, Ngariam 89, Kapujan 87 and Omodoi 100 while Palam Sub County registered the least number with eleven cases.
At least five people were injured and admitted to Katakwi General Hospital following the violence that ensued between supporters of the incumbent Woman MP, Violet Akurut Adome and former Education Minister, Jessica Alupo.
Immediately after the NRM party Electoral Commission called for elections in Okore Sub County, on local radio stations in Teso, supporters of Alupo and Akurut turned violent leading to the arrest of 18 people who are detained at Katakwi Police Station.
The deceased identified as Teresa Akiror, a resident of Apule Village in Kapujan Sub County was killed by a stray bullet when violence ensued between the supporters of Elakas and Joseph Andrew Koluo, who were both contesting for Toroma County NRM Flag. The two contenders lost the race to Julius Ossiya.