20 cattle, 1 dog, 2 frogs die of suspected poison in Ngetta Ginnery
5 more cattle died on Friday as leaders warn locals not to eat its meat.
By Acipa Doreen
Lira – March 4, 2022: Twenty cattle have been confirmed dead in Ngetta Ginnery, Lira City East Division.
On Thursday, March 3 2022, Lira City leaders and officials from the health department rushed to Ngetta Ginnery, Anyangapuc Ward after receiving a report of the death of 15 cattle.
The animals, it’s reported died due to poisoning.
Some locals of the area say the 15 cattle died within two days: Tuesday and Wednesday.
TND News understands that five (5) more died on Friday but their owners could not be ascertained.
Among those who lost their cattle are David Okello (9), Simple Ojok (3), Alex Alele (2) and Leben Ebong (01).
Simple Ojok said one of his cows died on Tuesday night after drinking water from Tegot Ngetta while the second cow, he said, died on Wednesday.
David Okello and Alex Alele also confirmed that their cattle died as a result of drinking that (same) water.
Lira City East Mayor, George Okello Ayoo has asked any member of the community who could be having a clue on who might have poisoned the water to report to police.
Ayoo also instructed the community to bury the dead cattle.
Lira City veterinary officer Dr Patrick Okello said the water must have been poisoned.
Two frogs, he said were thrown in the same water and died instantly.
Opio has told the people of Tegot Ngetta not to cross the area where the water is.
Dr Job Eluk, health inspector of Lira City and officer in charge of the Indoor Residual Spraying (IRA) has denied the allegation water is poisoned by the IRS chemicals.
Police commander for Lira City West Division Ivan Tenywa confirmed that the water samples were picked and taken to Kampala for further examinations.
The samples were taken from two different water points: one from Tegot Ngetta and one from a water point found on top of Ngetta hill.
Those who ate the meat of dead cattle, according to Tenywa, should go for medical checkups.
A report from the area LC1 secretary, Rose Akello indicates that even a dog that leaked the blood of one of the dead animals has passed on.
By end of the day on Friday, nobody had publicly claimed ownership of the dead dog.