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Kayunga Vet Officer Wants NRM Boss Karangwa Jailed For Spreading Cow Disease

Kayunga NRM chairman Moses Karangwa/Online photo

In a three page dossier, Kayunga District Veterinary Officer (DVO) Dr. Ronald Kanakulya has accused area NRM chairman Moses Karangwa of being more dangerous than the Coronavirus itself because he is intentionally moving cattle from one place to another and in the process potentially facilitating the spread of the Foot & Mouth Disease (FMD).

In his September 8th 2020 letter to the police bosses, Dr. Kanakulya asks the Kayunga DPC to ensure that enough policemen are deployed to prevent Karangwa from violating the cattle movement quarantine restrictions that were put in place by the Minister of Agriculture demanding that no cattle should move from one place to another within Kayunga district.

Karangwa is one of the powerful NRM officials in Kayunga and is known to own a lot of cattle and land. The DVO says that under the protection of security guards from Star React Security Company, Karangwa’s cows have freely been moving from Kinnamawanga village in Kasokwe parish to other villages and in the process increasing the F&M disease risk. 

The DVO says that the LC bosses who are supposed to enforce the quarantine rules are fearing to stop Karangwa’s herdsmen because they think the armed security guards from Star React can beat them up or even shoot them dead.

 The DVO says the cows belong to Karangwa because they each have the label INL which the area LC leaders say is a serial number used to identify Karangwa’s cattle in Kayunga.

Part of Dr. Ronald Kanakulya’s letter
Part of Dr. Ronald Kanakulya’s letter

The quarantine has been in force since 28th September 2019. Dr. Kanakulya travelled to Bbale to investigate this risk furthering the spread of the FMD after the three orphans Mustapha Kiggwe, Yusuf Kiwala and Jennifer Nsubuga who have been fighting Karangwa in court over 540 acres of land in Misanga village filed a case with the Kayunga police accusing the NRM tycoon of illegal cattle movement.

The case was filed as SD11/06/09/20 and when summoned at police, Karangwa denied responsibility of any wrongdoing and said he had sold the cows to Richard Mushabe, a man considered too broke to buy anything from such a tycoon.

The DVO requests the RDC Kayunga to beef up the DPC to ensure Karangwa’s illegal cattle movement is blocked and stopped because there is high risk of increasing the F&M disease spread in the area. That the same cattle movement is also illegal as it’s against the recent court ruling by Justice Margaret Mutonyi from the Mukono High Court where it was stated that the land (block 38 plot 2) belongs to the three orphans meaning Karangwa has no right to take his cows there.

The three orphans have decided to report Karangwa back to court and they want him jailed for contempt of court. The land originally belonged to their father Yonadabu Bidandi Nsubuga who died in 1995 and left two square miles of land and thousands of cattle. Bidandi left his property in the hands of heir and oldest son Christopher Kikku Nsubuga who the three orphans say they lost trust in after he started working with Karangwa to sell off part of their father’s land to the Madhvani group for sugarcane growing.

The Madhvani Group has since become the owner of 900 acres of land from this family after they bought from Karangwa who at first rented the same from Kikku.

That matter is already in Court of Appeal where the three orphans want Karangwa’s Madhvani Group to be forced out because the land is theirs and not for Kikku who they don’t trust anymore because they say he was captured and compromised by Karangwa to betray them through using fake letters of administration and fake land titles.

The three orphans recently wrote to the Principal Judge and complained against Mukono Registrar Ssali Nalukwago who was eventually transferred to Supreme Court. They accused her of being biased in favor of Karangwa, Kikku and other tormentors eyeing their father’s land.     

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