10 Arrested For Flouting FMD Directives In Lyantonde

According to Dr. Ronald Bameka, the Lyantodne District Veterinary Officer, some were selling cows and goats while others slaughtered and secretly sold meat to residents amid quarantine.

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Lyantonde District Veterinary officials in collaboration with the Resident District Commissioner and police have arrested ten people for violating the Foot-and-mouth disease quarantine.

The suspects in custody at Lyantonde police station are mainly livestock farmers, meat and cattle dealers who were arrested on different days this week during different operations.  

Police declined to release the names so that they don't jeopardise the ongoing operations to apprehend their accomplices. The arrest comes at the time when the movement of animals and sale of meat, hides and skin, are strictly prohibited following the FMD outbreak last week.  

According to Dr. Ronald Bameka, the Lyantodne District Veterinary officer, some of the people arrested were selling cows and goats, while others slaughtered and secretly sold meat to residents amid the quarantine.   Also four cows and three goats were confiscated and more than 200 litres of milk poured from Kyemamba sub-county, which was put under total lockdown. 

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Four cattle markets of Kyemamba, Kyenshama, Kitindo and Kanshagama and all loading sites in the district were closed.   Catherine Kamwine, the Lyantonde Resident District Commissioner, confirmed the arrest.   She says that some livestock farmers and dealers have resorted to transporting animals and meat at night which violates the directive.   She adds that while others are using some porous routes to sneak the meat, milk and various animal products out of the district which may expose other districts to FMD. 

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She further cautioned all livestock farmers to desist from violating the quarantine and allow treating the animals for the good of other farmers and the country. Kamwinw adds that they have strengthened day and night patrols to arrest transporters and livestock dealers and farmers who deliberately undermine the directive. 

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ASP Muhammad Nsubuga, the Masaka Regional Police spokesperson, says they are working with relevant departments to ensure they enforce the quarantine.  Lyantonde is among the 20 districts that were put under quarantine to minimise the spread of the disease. 

Others are Sembabule, Rakai, Gomba, Wakiso, Kiboga, Kiruhura, Kiryandongo, Kyankwanzi, Kyotera, Koboko, Bukedea, Mbarara, Masindi, Mukono, Nakaseke, Nakasongolo, Rubirizi, Ibanda, Serere and others.   However, strict warnings were given by the Ministry of Agriculture and the district veterinary departments were instructed to implement quarantine.   Among the measures, the restaurants and hotels were restricted from preparing meat for their clients until when the situation normalizes. 

Still, operation of slaughterhouses/abattoirs, butcheries, meat-roasting stalls, and pork joints were suspended. In Lyantonde, the FMD is an infectious and sometimes fatal viral disease that affects cloven-hoofed animals, including domestic and wild bovids. The foot and mouth of the animal develop soars that leave the animal in excruciating pain. In most cases, the infected animal cannot move or eat which may result in death. END