cattle farmers in Kiruhura district are in trouble on allegations of fueling
the spread of Foot and Mouth Disease-FMD. The farmers have been summoned to
appear and record statements at Kiruhura central police stations.
farmers graze their cattle in the government farm of Nshara farm in
Nyakashashara Sub County. They include among others Geoffrey Koyoffa, Fred
Etuuha, Sande Wilber, Fred Engumya, Mushabe, Wilson Nareeba, Benon Kahirwa,
Kagambirwa, Mesach Nisiima and Allen Kangume.
Nuwamanya, the Nyakashashara Sub County chief, says despite registering FMD
outbreak in their farms, the farmers freely move around their cattle in contravention
of the quarantine.
//Cue in: “kigiire aha record…
…have their names.”//
Nuwamanya said that dairy farmers and the FMD task force resolved that all FMD
cases are reported immediately and errant farmers arrested.
//Cue in: “omu kiragiro omuntu…
…ababa bakabura kureportinga.”//
Muhindo, the Kiruhura Resident District Commissioner and FMD Task Chairperson,
has directed the District Police Commander to arrest and prosecute the
//Cue in: “segregate and those…
…those people charged.”//
Kiruhura LC V Chairperson, Rev Samuel Katugunda blames the escalation of FMD
infection in the district on the sale of milk and beef in violation of the
“ekigambo kya maate…
…egi mbeera yatukabya.”//
five districts including Kazo, Ibanda, Kiruhura, Mbarara City and Sheema are
under quarantine to contain the spread of FMD. The quarantine has fueled the smuggling
of livestock and their products especially under the cover of darkness.
FMD is a highly infectious disease that spread through the products of an infected
animal. An infected animal presents with blisters on the mouth and foot, loss of
appetite, fever and a drop in milk production.