DOKOLO- Some residents in Batta and Okwalongwen Sub-Counties in Dokolo district in Northern Uganda have expressed concern over forceful indoor residual spraying (IRS) in the district.
Mr Rafael Okello, the male Youth Councilor for Bata Sub-County in the district revealed that there is a move by both residents and leaders to petition President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni over forceful IRS.
Okello termed the mandatory exercise as ‘aggressive on the poor community.’
“There is need for government to tell the local beneficiaries whether the program was not meant to be done in peaceful manner or to harass residents of this area,” Mr Okello told this Website on Wednesday morning.
According to Mr Okello, the security team headed by Dokolo Resident District Commissioner, Ms Susan Akany are breaking in to houses and spraying food produce with IRS.
Ms Anna Akello, a resident of Angoromo village in Okwalongwen Sub-County said the team stormed her residence and sprayed a basin of sorghum and white ants.
She further told our Reporter that the same team stormed his neighbor’s residence who was not home and sprayed 4 bags of dry potatoes (potatoe chips).
Other locals who claimed their produce was sprayed are; Ms Naume Akull who alleged that 18kg of both beans and posho was sprayed and James Olade whose entire home was sprayed including cooked food.
Meanwhile, over 500 signatures have been collected to demand for immediate transfers and punishment of security officials who participated in the act that has left locals dissatisfied and with no food to feed on.
Rafael Okello, the Youth Counselor and other local leaders have taken the lead in collecting signatures to be presented to President Museveni for actions.
He says the affected locals must be compensated for their poisoned food and trespass into their homes that left other properties destroyed.
Paul Amoro Omiat, the Dokolo North Constituency Member of Parliament in interview said the act has aggrieved both locals and key leaders in the district.
“It offends the law of Uganda for anybody without the Court order to forcefully access any property of any person,” he said, adding: “I’m warning the perpetrators to stop it forthwith.”
“As the area MP alongside Fedrick Odongo, the District Chairperson who is equally aggrieved by this unfortunate incident, we will follow up the matter with relevant sector ministry at national level,” MP Amoro added.