Police in Mbarara district are holding a quark veterinary doctor accused of conning livestock farmers out of money.
The suspect, Justus Kosiya, has reportedly been receiving money from livestock farmers to vaccinate their animals. Police claim that Kosiya posed as an employee of the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries.
According to Police, Kosiya’s vaccine containers were branded with leaflets bearing the Uganda court of arms. By the time of his arrest, Kosiya had reportedly vaccinated more than 500 animals against the Foot and Mouth disease.
He was picked from Rukindo ward in Nyakayojo Division in Mbarara municipality. He was found collecting between Shs 20,000 and 30,000 from farmers to vaccinate their animals.
Jomo Mugabi, the Nyakayojo Division LC III Chairman, said the suspect’s arrest followed reports that people were rushing to vaccinate their animals yet the veterinary department in Mbarara hadn’t communicated any such activity.
Dr. William Mwebembezi, the District Veterinary Officer, has since cautioned farmers against seeking help from people who present quick solutions that may endanger their animals.
Mbarara district has been battling the foot and mouth disease outbreak for the last three months.
Samson Kasasira, the Rwizi Region police spokesperson, said they are holding the suspect at Mbarara Central Police Station as investigations continue.