Ten Remanded in Soroti Over Adulterated Milk

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Harriet Nnamuli, the Principal Dairy Inspector Soroti says the operation was prompted by several complaints from residents over poor quality milk.

Ten milk vendors in Soroti are in trouble over adulterated milk. They are Silas Ocom, Charles Ekapu, Stephen Enyaku, Julius Amecu, Moses Ebasu, Sam Okiror, Moses Oboi, Andrew Eyimu, George Adoa and Abraham Edulu.
 
The ten appeared on Monday before Baker Rwatooro, the Soroti chief Magistrate. They were charged with operating with without registration contrary to section (4) b (3) and 24 of the dairy and marketing and processing of milk Product amendment regulations 2006 and failure to render assistance and obstruction of an inspector of Authority Contrary to section 14(2) 24 of the dairy and marketing regulation 2006.
 
Prosecution led by Noah Kunya, the Soroti Resident state Attorney told court that on February 9, 2015 in various locations in Soroti town, the suspects sold adulterated milk to the public. The suspects pleaded guilty to the charges and were remanded to prison until February 17, 2015 when they will reappear in court.
 
The suspects were picked up in a joint operation by the Diary Development Authority-DDA personnel and police to crackdown on the sale of adulterated milk. The officials also impounded 500 liters of adulterated milk.

Harriet Nnamuli, the Principal Dairy Inspector Soroti says the operation was prompted by several complaints from residents over poor quality milk.
 
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Nnamuli explains that, their surveillance report shows that all the Milk consumed by Soroti residents is adulterated with water
 
 
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Leonard Etiangat, the Proprietor of Soroti dairy says most of the milk sold by vendors along the streets is adulterated. Etiangat says that water is added in the milk from the process of milking to the time of selling.


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Joyce Mary Adong, a milk consumer and resident of Kichinjaji ward has welcomed the operation by DDA.

 
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Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.