Six Butchers Held for Defying Quarantine

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Wabwire says during the operation, they also impounded 500 kilograms of beef from Soroti main market, Pamba, Arapai and Omodoi in Asuret sub-county.

Six butchers in Soroti municipality are in trouble for defying the ongoing livestock quarantine. The butchers were picked up on Friday during a joint operation involving police and the veterinary office.
 
Joab Wabwire, the Soroti District Police Commander identifies the suspects as Simon Peter Okello, Moses Elepu, Charles Ebasu, John Oyugi, John Oboke and Jorem Esiru. Wabwire says during the operation, they also impounded 500 kilograms of beef from Soroti main market, Pamba, Arapai and Omodoi in Asuret sub-county.
 
He explains that the operation was prompted by reports that some butchers were buying and selling meat secretly in defiance of the quarantine that was announced in July to contain the spread of the foot and mouth disease.
 
Wabwire has called upon members of the public to become vigilant and report those violating the quarantine.

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The quarantine covers about 32 districts across the country. In Teso sub region Soroti, Kumi, Ngora and Bukedea are affected. A butcher who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity for fear of being arrested says they are forced to sell meat on the black market to earn a living and support their families.

He says the quarantine has hit them hard as some of them had borrowed bank loans to finance their business. Christopher Okuku, the chairperson Soroti meat vendors Association asked his members to exercise patience until the quarantine is lifted. Dr. Patrick Eyudu, the Soroti district veterinary officer declined to comment.

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Six butchers in Soroti municipality are in trouble for defying the ongoing livestock quarantine. The butchers were picked up on Friday during a joint operation involving police and the veterinary office.  Joab Wabwire, the Soroti District Police Commander identifies the suspects as Simon Peter Okello, Moses Elepu, Charles Ebasu, John Oyugi, John Oboke and Jorem Esiru.
 
Wabwire says during the operation, they also impounded 500 kilograms of beef from Soroti main market, Pamba, Arapai and Omodoi in Asuret sub-county. He explains that the operation was prompted by reports that some butchers were buying and selling meat secretly in defiance of the quarantine that was announced in July to contain the spread of the foot and mouth disease.
      
Wabwire has called upon members of the public to become vigilant and report those violating the quarantine.

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The quarantine covers about 32 districts across the country. In Teso sub region Soroti, Kumi, Ngora and Bukedea are affected. A butcher who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity for fear of being arrested says they are forced to sell meat on the black market to earn a living and support their families.

He says the quarantine has hit them hard as some of them had borrowed bank loans to finance their business. Christopher Okuku, the chairperson Soroti meat vendors Association asked his members to exercise patience until the quarantine is lifted. Dr. Patrick Eyudu, the Soroti district veterinary officer declined to comment.

 
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Chapter 38 Section III, sub section 11 of the animal disease act 1918 states that, The commissioner of livestock and entomology may, for the purpose of preventing the spread of disease, prohibit in any place the slaughter of cattle for food and the sale of meat or carcasses or of any part of the meat or carcasses.
 
Section VI of the same act sub section 25 states that, Any person guilty of an offence under this Act or committing any breach of the Act or of any rules made under it or failing to comply with any rule, order or direction lawfully made or given under the Act is liable to imprisonment for a period not exceeding twelve months or to a fine not exceeding six thousand shillings or to both such imprisonment and fine.

 

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Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.