There is a raging war between the minister for animal Husbandry, Joy Kabatsi, and the minister for Security, EllyTumwine following disagreements over the re-opening of Cattle markets in Isingiro district which have been closed for some time following the outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the area.
In a letter dated 16th august 2018, and signed by Anna Rose Ademun, the acting commissioner in charge of animal health in the ministry of agriculture, the ministry allows the reopening of some of the markets and outlined those that should be closed and others to remain closed. This followed a multi-stakeholder workshop on control of animal movements in the country.
Following the meeting and Minister Kabatsi’s visit to Isingiro, she directed the re-opening of other markets inIsingiro, apart from those in the areas of Ngarama, Mbaare, and Rugaaga which are affected by the disease.
In Mbarara, she ordered the closure of Rwanyamahembe and Nyakayojo animal markets, while all markets in Kiruhura are to remain closed.
The Minister also noted that in the meantime, there shouldn’t be any movement of animals from Tanzania through Isingiro, Rakai and Kyotera district, as a way of reducing the spread of the disease.
However, in response, Gen. Elly Tumwine directed security to mount roadblocks to ensure animals don’t cross from Isingiro to other areas.
Now speaking at press conference at little woods in Mbarara, the Isingiro district LCV Chairman, Jeremiah Kamulari has give one-week ultimatum up to Thursday next week, or else he will mobilize for the re-opening.