Man Jailed For Two Years Over Sale Of Dog Meat

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The Moroto Chief Magistrate His Worship Moses Katorogo found Mathew Lokiru guilty of selling noxious food contrary to section 173 of the penal code act.

A man has been convicted and jailed two years in Moroto Prison for selling dog meat to the public in Moroto district.
 
The Moroto Chief Magistrate His Worship Moses Katorogo found Mathew Lokiru guilty of selling noxious food contrary to section 173 of the penal code act.
 
Court heard that on the 11th of June 2013, at Loputuk village, Nadunget Sub County in Moroto district, the convict, sold noxious food to the public knowing it was dangerous.
 
Prosecution led by John Ochopa told the attentive court that a reasonable deterrent sentence should be given to the convict so that he can learn. He added that sale of such noxious substances endangers the lives of ordinary Ugandans.
 
The man caused laughter in court, when he admitted his guilt adding that it was need for survival that forced him slaughter the dog for sale. He added that he had sold meat worth 12,000 shillings at the time of arrest.
 
Lokiru pleaded for a lighter sentence saying that it was his first offence but his plea fell deaf ears as the magistrate insisted a two year sentence would serve as an effective deterrant. 

 

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Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.