Five Arrested for Resisting Residual Indoor Spray Exercise

1377 Views Pallisa, Uganda

In short
Pallisa District Police Commander Mathias Turyasingura says that the five are part of the 49 households which resisted the exercise in Komolo A village. The five are identified as James Mashale 24, Yusuf Sajja 32, Christine Takali 36, Constant Mugole 65 and Samson Maka 35.

Five people from Komolo ‘A' village in Pallisa district have been arrested for interfering with the ongoing residual indoor spraying exercise,  part of a government program for the control and eradication of Malaria.

Pallisa District Police Commander Mathias Turyasingura says that the five are part of the 49 households which resisted the exercise in Komolo ‘A' village.   The five are identified as James Mashale 24, Yusuf Sajja 32, Christine Takali 36, Constant Mugole 65 and Samson Maka 35.

"We have preferred the charge of disobeying lawful orders contrary to section 117 of the penal code act", he said.

The act stipulates that any person who disobeys any order issued or given by any court, officer or person acting in any public capacity and duly authorized in that behalf, commits a misdemeanor and is liable to imprisonment for two years.

The spraying exercise is ongoing until May, 18 2016.

Pallisa District Health Officer Dr Godfrey Mulekwa says people with negative beliefs on the exercise have hindered efforts for achieving the set target of total elimination of Malaria. 

Dr Mulekwa pointed out that since the initiation of indoor spraying in Pallisa last year the malaria cases in health centers had dropped by 87% which has made people save time, resources for household development.

However, Yusuf Sajja one of the suspects said they are being victimized for their political belief.