Isingiro District Chairperson Arrested

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Moses Muzima, the Isingiro District police commander, says that Jeremiah Kamurali has been arrested on orders from the Ministry Agriculture for defying a quarantine put in place 10 years ago to contain foot and mouth disease.

Isingiro district chairperson Jeremiah Kamurali has been arrested for defying an ongoing Quarantine.

Kamurali is currently being held at Isingiro central Police station in Isingiro town council.

Moses Muzima, the District police commander, says that the chairperson has been arrested on orders from the Ministry Agriculture for defying the ongoing Quarantine on movement of animals.

He however did not reveal more details surrounding the arrest.

His arrest comes at the peak of disagreements between politicians and technocrats in the district over a partial quarantine put in place 10 years ago to contain foot and mouth disease.

With the disease incidence subsiding, a group of politicians led by Jeremiah Kamurali have been mobilising locals to start the sale and movement of animals.

Kamurali claims that the technocrats are benefiting from the quarantine at the expense of the farmers. He says that the farmers have not been seeing the benefits of livestock farming for years due to the quarantine and that it is time for it to be lifted.

Kamurali says that rich farmers who can afford to own loading sites and hire veterinary doctors for screening are the ones benefiting at the expense of the poor.

On October 31, 2016, Kamurali posted announcements on local radio stations asking people to open the market and sell off their animals at will.
His decision has however, been challenged by the district veterinary officer, Dr. Bruhan Kasozi, who says that the remarks by the chairperson and his team are misleading. 

Farmers in the district had started taking Kamurali's advice and selling animals in defiance of the quarantine.
According to the Animal Diseases Act, only the commissioner in charge of animal health is mandated to lift quarantine. Any person who defies the quarantine faces a fine of 2 million shillings or 2 years in prison or both.


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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.