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Swine fever grips Kabale District

Pig farmers like this one in Kabale are counting losses as Swine fever hits the district. Photo By Otushabire Tibyangye

By Grant Ahumuza

Kabale, Uganda

Department of veterinary in Kabale district has deployed intelligent security authorities in local areas to impound and investigate pork and pig dealers due to defying of Quarantine.

According to the Kabale District Veterinary Officer Bernard Kabagambe,  the district  authorities  are ready to imprison and impound all the pork and pig dealers who still insist on selling yet they imposed quarantine.

Talking  to our reporter today at Kabale district yard in a meeting between Kabale veterinary officers with in Kabale district, Dr.Bernard said the purchase of live pigs and pork products, slaughtering of pigs and sale of pork was prohibited until the quarantine is lifted but is still shocking and regrettable for some people who still deal in pig products.

He adds that On September 11, 2019, the quarantine on the movement of pigs and its products was imposed in Kabale district and on September 18, 2019, in Rubanda by the Commissioner of Animal Health Dr. Anna Rose Ademun after a total of 225 pigs in two districts have been confirmed dead following the outbreak of the African swine fever in July.

He further cautioned all the people who are still saying that they are un ware of the quarantine that whoever is caught he will be taken to court, jailed and penalized accordingly.

Mr. Kabagambe said that African swine fever is still on and vaccination has not started for the disease in their areas.  

Accordingly , a total of 83 pigs have died in Kabale district while the Rubanda District Veterinary Officer Cosma Twesigomwe also confirmed 142 pigs dead

In a related development There has been an exchange of bitter words between Kabale District Veterinary Officials and Kabale Municipality Law Enforcement Officers over the disposal of impounded pork. 
The pork was impounded during an operation on Monday, October 21, from Spax Bar and Grill, a popular hangout located in Kabale Municipality. The joint is owned by Kabale Municipality Mayor Emmanuel Sentaro Byamugisha. 

The operation follows quarantine against pork and its products imposed last month amid an outbreak of Swine Fever in Kabale and Rubanda districts. African swine fever is a highly contagious viral disease characterized by fever, loss of appetite, diarrhoea, and exhaustion in pigs.   The disease is highly infectious and infected pigs must be slaughtered and their carcasses buried or incinerated. 

On Thursday, Kabale District Veterinary Officer Bernard Kabagambe picked about 30 kilograms of the impounded pork from Kabale Police Station where it had kept and took it to Kirengyere dumping site for destruction. 

Kabagambe, however, met resistance from Kabale Municipality Law enforcement officers who rushed to the dumping site and blocked his access, saying that he was not supposed to dump pork there. After a lengthy exchange, the law enforcement officers led by their boss Naris Byebiroha demanded an authorization letter from the office of the Town Clerk to dispose of pork at the site.   
Kabagambe drove back to his office with pork undisposed saying that the reasons for the denial were invalid. He said that he would seek the intervention of higher authorities to ensure that efforts to put swine fever under control are not thwarted for selfish interests

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