Ryan Akampulira, the Bududa District Police Commander, said that they are keeping the impounded animals and motorcycles at Bududa Central Police as exhibits. He asked the residents to wait until the president lifts the suspension on public gatherings before they can resume bullfighting.
Police loading animals on the truck
Police have stormed
Namasho grounds in Bududa district and disperses hundreds of people attending a bullfight. The officers stormed Namasho grounds this morning and impounded
three bulls and motorcycles left behind by some of the people who had
turned up for the popular sport.
Akampulira, the Bududa District Police Commander, said that they are keeping
the impounded animals and motorcycles at Bududa Central Police as exhibits. He
asked the residents to wait until the president lifts the suspension on public
gatherings before they can resume bullfighting.
Constant Matukhu, the
Chairperson of Namasho Bullfighting ground, says that he has been warning
residents to wait until the situation returns to normalcy. He asked the
residents to find another game, which doesn’t involve crowds and forget about bullfights in the meantime.
Musapiti, the Chairman Shiluku South also asked the population to bid by the
Standard Operating Procedures-SOPs as the only way to go through the COVID-19
pandemic. He warned that failure to respect the SOPs may lead to a surge in
COVID-19 infections, which he had reduced during the lockdown.
Nebute, a farmer says the bulls don’t gain weight when they don’t fight and
asked the authorities to allow bullfights with restricted numbers. George
William Wopuwa, the Bududa Resident District Commissioner, says that they will
not allow people to flout COVID-19 guidelines of social distancing and wearing
masks because the virus is still alive in the country.
He warned those involved
to stop or face the law. Milton Kamoti Wasunguyi, the Bududa district LC
V Chairperson asked the residents to respect and love their lives and not to
think that leaders shall run after them. Bullfights in Namasho started in the early
1950's as residents took their animals to drink salty waters. It has since
become a serious pastime activity in the area, attracting even nonresidents.