By John Ogulei
The Sub County Chief and Chief Finance Officer attached to Katakwi District have been arrested by Katakwi police for allegedly operating an illegal cattle market.
The duo were arrested on the 1st September 2021 after police received information that the two were conducting and illegal market contrary to the set MOH guidelines.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni while announcing a total lockdown in March 18 2020 closed all weekly markets as one of the measures of minimizing the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
It’s alleged that, Mr Imerat David, a Sub County Chief of Katakwi Sub County and Mr Oonyu Moses, a Senior Finance Officer attached to Katakwi District local government at Anyongoba village, Katakwi sub-county in Katakwi District were conducting an illegal cattle market.
According to Oscar Gregg Ageca, the East Kyoga Police Spokesperson, the police of Katakwi received information that on the 01/09/2021at around 1200HRs the duo was charging traders Shs20,000 without giving them receipts.
“The police of Katakwi CPS acted to stop this illegal activity by dispersing the market and arresting the two individuals here above,” Ageca said.
He urged community members to desist from attending the Weekly markets.
“The Police informs the public that seasonal, periodic, or weekly animal markets or markets of similar nature are banned during this pandemic as they are likely to spread the infectious disease,” he said.
“We therefore urge the public to abide by the same until the regulations, orders or guidelines are issued that allow for operation of periodic markets,” he advised.