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Informants Accused of Harassment at Mutukula Border

David Mujaasi, the chairperson of cattle keepers in Kakuuto County indicates that the Ministry of Security deployed civilian informants at the Uganda-Tanzania border post at Mutukula to provide intelligence on non inspected livestock smuggled into Uganda.
21 May 2019 16:11

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Security informants in Mutukula town council, Kyotera District are on the spot for harassing Livestock dealers.

David Mujaasi, the chairperson of cattle keepers in Kakuuto County indicates that the Ministry of Security deployed civilian informants at the Uganda-Tanzania border post at Mutukula to provide intelligence on non inspected livestock smuggled into Uganda.

However, in their report to the State Minister of East African Community Affairs, Julius Maganda during his inspection tour to Mutukula business communities; the traders complained that the informants have instead become a threat to cattle trade in the area.

Mujaasi indicated that despite the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry lifting quarantine on the movement of livestock after containing Foot and Mouth Disease in the area, the informants are still illegally arresting and harassing cattle traders including those that trade from within Uganda.

He accuses the informants of extorting money from all cattle traders and arresting them when they decline to pay bribes.

//Cue in “abantu baffe bano…… 

Cue out; ……gy’etusobola okuyambibwamu.”//

Major David Matovu, the Kyotera Resident District Commissioner who accompanied the team on the inspection also acknowledges that plight of the traders. He says that the informants were deployed by higher authorities at the ministry.

However, in his response, Minister Maganda asked the complainants to patiently wait for a report by a select committee set up by the President to look into matters of cross-border cattle trade with a view of ensuring livestock diseases are controlled from across the borders.

//Cue in: “cattle restrictions………….

Cue out; ……ate ekyo mukimanyi.”//                            

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