Parliament has ordered the Minister of Agriculture to table a comprehensive statement on the continued quarantine on cattle that is being declared in various parts of the country.
Legislators of the 10th Parliament raised concerns and cited connivance by some government officials to declare quarantine in certain areas so as to allow other areas enjoy trade benefits.
The matter of National Importance was raised by Ik County MP, Hilary Lokwang who tasked the Ministry of Agriculture, Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja, to explain when the quarantine that was slapped on Kabong district will be lifted.
Lokwang said the quarantine has left many locals in the community economically affected.
“All cattle markets were closed, we can’t slaughter any animals and the Ministry has never taken drugs to the people to have the animals treated as well as vaccinating them,” Lokwang told the House.
Responding on the matter, the Minister of State for Agriculture Aggrey Bagiire, noted that a quarantine is placed whenever there is an outbreak of diseases especially those that are contagious.
He addes that the quarantine would only be lifted after a review is undertaken.
His response was rejected by the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, who noted that it is becoming routine for government to slap quarantines on different areas in a given period of time.
“How can it be that as government, you can’t know there is going to be an outbreak so that you vaccinate?” Kadaga wondered.
Aruu County’s Odonga Otto asked the Speaker to prevail over the Ministry of Agriculture and direct the officials to table before Parliament a comprehensive statement on all quarantine since 1997.
“Every year, the entire North and some parts of Eastern Uganda when it is Christmas, Independence, Tarehe Sita, they put guns in the road and don’t allow you move with animals, so they leave the business for a few Generals within the industries and when the season is over, they lift the quarantine,” Otto said.
The Speaker ordered the Minister of Agriculture to table before Parliament a statement explaining the rampant cattle quarantines slapped in various parts of the country.