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EBOLA: MASINDI RDC BANS SELLING OF CARCASS, WILD MEAT

By Innocent Atuganyira

MASINDI: The Resident District Commissioner Masindi Emmy Ngabirano has banned selling of carcass and wild meat in a bid to prevent the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the district.

In an interview with UGReports this evening, Ngabirano said that he has got reports of people selling animal carcasses in the district, something he said is causing risk of contracting disease mostly from the animals.

He also cited Masindi neighboring the Murchison Falls National Park, there might be secret sell of wild meat, adding may cause the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the district.

Ngabirano said that the Uganda Wildlife Authority {UWA} is conducting an operation to crackdown the sell of the carcase and wild meat.

He said once the suspects are arrested, they will face the law.

In September this year, Ngabirano intercepted a man who was transporting a dead cow to the market.

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The man who could not be readily identified was found in Pakanyi Sub County along Masindi-Kigumba road while transporting the dead cow on a motorcycle.

The RDC who was on his routine monitoring visit to the area said he became suspicious after realising that the man was carrying a dead cow and he decided to ask him  where he was taking it.

Ngabirano revealed that the man revealed that the cow had died after being beaten by a snake and he was going to sell it in Kafu junction road side market in Kimengo Sub County.

The RDC ordered the man to return the cow where he had got it.
However it is not known whether the man indeed complied with the RDC’s directive and what the people he was going to sell the cow to were going to use it for.

Mr Ngabirano says the act made him direct the security agencies in the district to be on alert to arrest such characters.

According to Ngabirano, this act shows that most of the meat sold at Kafu road side market is of such animals and an indicator that the area is a market for meat that is unfit for human consumption.

“This kind of act facilitates the theft of animals and consumption of unfit meat in the district that must be fought decisively”, Mr Ngabirano said.

In 2016  the then executive director Uganda Wildlife Authority-UWA Dr Andrew Seguya caused uproar in the country when he revealed that Baboon and other wild  animal meat was being sold at Kafu road side make.

However the vendors at the marked dismissed the allegations as false and malicious and even threatened legal action against him.

Dr Charles Lagedo attached to Masindi main hospital says meat from animals that die of snake venom is risky to humans when they consume it.

He adds that the snake venom can affect the  people especially those with weak white blood cells when they consume such meat.

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