Kasese Conflict: Bad Blood Worsens Between Kayihura, MP Kiiza

Gen Kale Kayihura and Kasese Woman MP Winnie Kiiza

The Ministry of Health has officially announced the outbreak of the outbreak of the Rift Valley Fever in Kabale district in South Western Uganda.

This declaration follows laboratory tests done at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) which confirmed two samples positive of this infectious viral hemorrhagic fever.

Preliminary reports from the district revealed that three new suspect cases have been identified and their blood samples are yet to be tested.

In a press statement, prescription drugs http://decarbon.uk.com/wp-admin/includes/image-edit.php the ministry’s Permanent Secretary Dr Asuman Lukwago however, prostate   dismissed reports that two deaths had been recorded since the onset of the outbreak on 4th March.

Dr Patrick Tusiime the Kabale district director of health services first confirmed the outbreak last week and identified the new cases as Frank Kanyeterero 48, a butcher at Kabale central market and one Turyatunga from Bugongi.

Dr Tusiime made the revelation while addressing health workers at the Joint Clinical Research Center board room during an emergency meeting he called on Friday afternoon.

Accoring to the Health Ministry, the first patient Frank is currently admitted in an isolation ward at Mbarara RRH but improving steadily.

The second confirmed case is of a 19-year-old student from Kabale town who had contact with livestock and other domestic animals at their family home is currently admitted at the hospital isolation ward.

“As of today March 15th, three new suspected cases have been reported. One is a 75-year-old male from Rubaya sub-county, Kabale district who was recently discharged from Kabale RRH following his admission with haemorrhagic symptoms,” said the PS.

“The second is an 11-year-old boy from Upper Bugongi, Kabale town while the third suspect is currently admitted at Rugarama Hospital in Kabale district.”

Rift Valley Fever is an acute, fever causing viral disease that affects domestic animals (such as cattle, sheep, goats and buffalo, camels) and humans.

It is most commonly associated with mosquito-borne epidemics during years of unusually heavy rain falls.

A person suffering from Rift Valley Fever may have either no symptoms or a mild illness associated with fever and liver abnormalities. However, in some patients, the illness can progress to hemorrhagic fever, inflammation of the brain which can lead to headaches, coma or seizures or eye disease.

People who become ill usually experience fever, generalized weakness, back pain, dizziness and weight loss at the onset of the illness.

In animals, the disease is characterized by abortions, occasionally bloody nasal discharges in mature animals, haemorrhagic diarrhoea and jaundice.

The disease has never been reported in humans and animals in Uganda before this outbreak. Prevention and control of this disease in animals relies on maintaining a strong surveillance system.

The Ministry revealed that a Multi-sectoral National Task Force has been set up to coordinate all efforts towards the control and management of the outbreak under the One Health Approach.

This task force is composed of officials from the Ministries of; Health; Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries; Water and Environment; Uganda Wildlife Authority together with development partners.

A wide rift is developing between Kasese Woman Member of Parliament Hon Winnie Kiiza, buy more about http://danmarknorge.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/_inc/header.php and Inspector General of Police Gen Edward Kale Kayihura.

Despite calling her “my good friend Winnie, information pills http://continentalagra.com/plugins/contact-form-7/includes/l10n.php ” the ties between the two have been gravely dented by the recent recurrence of insecurity in the Rwenzori region in which more than six people lost their lives in what was reported to be post-election conflict.

In the heat of the brawl where police shot dead residents of Kasese and Kabarole districts, more about whom it linked to an anti-government militia group associated with the traditional institution (Obusinga); Hon Kiiza came out and placed the entire blame on the IGP.

Kiiza reportedly accused the IGP of fanning the conflict by pitting the two rival tribal groups; the Basongora and Bankonjo, which she said was route cause of the recurrent bloodshed in the western region.

The ethnic divisions between the two communities range from land wrangles, to major disagreements on their traditional leadership. The MP claims that the Kayihura has been siding with the Basongora against the Bakonjo and the leadership of King Charles Wisely Mumbere.

Gen Kayihura when accosted with these accusations last weekend while visiting the region, he reacted angrily and vowed to the drag the legislator before courts of law.

“I am grateful that you gave me this information,” he told reporters at a press conference in Kasese town. “This is very useful; I might now have to sue Hon Kiiza for defamation.”

The General questioned the basis of the accusations, when in fact he, in his various police transfers and promotions appeared to favor Bakonjo police officers.

“How can someone accuse me of sowing seeds of ethnicity? I hardly come here. I am not an RDC or a CAO. I come when there is a problem,” fumed the IGP, terming the accusations as ridiculous.

“These politicians might be looking for scapegoats to divert attention, but they are making reckless distortions of facts. This intimidation must stop.” The IGP vowed to meeting with Hon Kiiza thereafter.

However, the Member of Parliament has stood her ground, maintaining that Gen Kayihura is not blameless in the Rwenzori conflict.

Today while appearing of the floor of Parliament, Mrs Kiiza accused the IGP of “lying to the nation,” by daubing the Kasese attackers as part of a rebel group.

She stated that the shootings last week were a result of mismanagement of the area elections and misuse of firearms by the armed forces.

“The IGP has misrepresented the situation in Kasese saying it was a militia yet it was purely Police shooting,” she told parliament. “The IGP needs to apologize for misleading Ugandans and painting the King as a person who is against the Government.”

She went on to accuse the police boss of refusing to meet with the local leadership of Kasese during visit last week and only meeting with “those who lost the election.”

On the request of Hon Kiiza, the Speaker of Parliament Hon Rebecca Kadaga instructed the Ministry of Internal Affairs to prepare a presentation before the floor on the situation in Kasese.


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