Police in western Uganda have employed new strategies to stop the illegal movement of cattle in the region.
Government recently imposed a quarantine on cattle in several western Ugandan districts following the outbreak of the highly-contagious Foot and Mouth Disease. However the quarantine has been ignored by many cattle farmers who are reportedly colluding with a few corrupt police officers and veterinary officials to smuggle their cows into the rest of the country.
The Isingiro District Police Commander, Moses Kafeero, notes that roadblocks and cattle check points are ineffective in stopping the violation of the quarantine because smugglers using unmonitored feeder roads to move their herds.
Kafeero says the police have now deployed mobile forces to monitor the illegal movement of cattle.
The police are also relying on informers and local intelligence to identify and arrest those involved in violating the quarantine.
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