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Ibanda man hacks policeman enforcing FMD quarantine

Ibanda, (UG):- Police in Ibanda District are holding a 50-year-old butcher for allegedly hacking a police officer as he and fellow officers were enforcing restrictions to curb animal disease spread in the district in the Western Uganda district.

The suspect identified as Kelesensio Mwesigye allegedly cut Justus Najuna, 34, on the neck in an incident that happened at around 5 am on Saturday, February 24, 2024.

According to preliminary information, the policemen involved, all attached at Ibanda Central Police Station (CPS) booked out at around 3 am on a fateful day to raid the abattoir at Mabonwa after learning of people who were illegally slaughtering animals and supplying meat likely to cause the spread of anthrax disease or Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD)

Mr Oumo Cooper, the In-Charge Officer at Ibanda CPS says the team arrived at Mabonwa at exactly 5 am and took cover up to 7 am when the suspects had finished slaughtering and skinning a cow.

“The team moved to the suspects, introduced themselves as officers from Ibanda CPS, five suspects accepted they were in the wrong and put down their pangas and knives,” Mr Oumo stated.

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During the incident, another suspect came from the banana plantation with banana leaves and cut the police officer on the neck.

“The police officer fell down and the suspect followed him to cut him again but PC Okello Mondry rescued him (policeman) by releasing a bullet which hit the suspect on the thigh and he fell.”

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Oumo said police were able to recover exhibits including meat, pangas and knives plus on-scene photographs to help in the ongoing investigations, while the suspect had been apprehended even as both the suspect and injured policeman were admitted at Ruhoko Health Centre IV on Saturday.

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