Two Held for Selling Contaminated Grasshoppers

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Dr. Paul Onzubo, the Arua Municipal Health Officer says that the problem was brought to their attention after the people who ate the grasshoppers started vomiting and passing watery stool.

Arua police is holding two people accused of selling contaminated grasshoppers to the public. The suspects, whose identities have been withheld by police, were picked up on Sunday in a joint operation by Police and Arua Municipal health officials. The arrest of the suspects came after more than 200 people who bought their grasshoppers started vomiting and passing watery stool after eating the insects. It is alleged that the suspects used an unidentified chemical at Arua airfield to catch the grasshoppers.

Dr. Paul Onzubo, the Arua Municipal Health Officer says that the problem was brought to their attention after the people who ate the grasshoppers started vomiting and passing watery stool. He says initially, they suspected that the poison victims were suffering from Cholera but samples taken from them tested negative. Onzubo says that on interrogations, the victims said the problem started after they ate the grasshoppers they had bought from the suspects. He says they immediately notified police, which hunted down the grasshopper vendors.
 
Onzubo says they have sent samples of the grasshoppers impounded from the suspects to the National Chemical Laboratory in Entebbe to establish what chemical was used by the vendors before deciding on the way forward. Vincent Anguyo, a resident of Mvara ward in Arua municipality is one of the victims of the poisoned grasshoppers. Anguyo explains that immediately after eating the grasshoppers he felt headache before he started vomiting and passing watery stool.
 
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Felix Pariyo, another victim of the poisoned grasshoppers says that he woke up well on Saturday morning. He however, explains that he started feeling stomach ache at midday after eating the grasshoppers.
 
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The suspects are being held at River Oli division police post 

 

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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

Entering the workplace so young attuned Batre to the plight of the youth and those who seek employment. Apart from that, he is interested in reporting about politics, local government, business and the environment. A witness to some of the destructive impact of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, Batre is interested in reporting about peace building efforts too.

Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.