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Uganda: Workers Arrested for Protesting DDT / Districts Protest Spray

5 Loro organic workers arrested

By Ronald Odongo

Oyam, April 11, 2008: Police in Oyam district are holding about five organic workers attached to Loro Sub County for allegedly inciting people to resist the spraying of DDT in their individual houses.

Lawrence Odur 32, Salvatori Omara 36 all residents of Acan Pii parish in Loro Sub County were intercepted on Wednesday night by the security operatives who were deployed to crackdown anti DDT spray gangs in the district. Some organic staff are reported to be on the run due to fear of the police arrest, according to the district chief.

Colonel Charles Okello Engola the Oyam LC5 district chairperson says some people are going around deliberately mobilising local people against the spraying of the DDT insecticide in the district.

DDT spray is being piloted in the districts of Apac and Oyam to reduce mosquitoes. It was launched recently by the minister of Health Dr. Steven Malinga.

Engola says police are hunting for about three organic workers attached to Loro Sub County all accused of inciting people local people to wage war on the DDT spray team in the area. He says the exercise would help reduce malarial infections.

The spraying of DDT started last Friday in Oyam district. More than 3000 houses have been sprayed in the five sub counties of Minakulu, Loro, Aber, Achaba and Iceme.

Section of the district councilors are resisting the exercise claiming it has side effects that is very harmful to human life however they are not very specific on the side effect of the DDT drug.

However there is high resistance among some district councilors, LC5 Chairperson Col. Okello Engola has vowed to spray all the houses in the district.

Walter Omara an organic specialist argued that organic faming system has large coverage in Loro Sub County saying that the Oyam district leaders should carry massive sensitizations.

He added that local people are resisting the use of DDT themselves, contrary to what the district chairman has said.

The district leaders warned that police shall continue arresting some people who have launched business of decampaigning the exercise. Oyam district chief Colonel Engola urged Organic specialists to support the DDT spray in the district that the bid to reduce malarial infection in the district.

http://www.langoweb.net/oyam.htm

Districts Protest DDT Spray Over Organic Cotton

New Vision (Kampala) | NEWS 13 May 2008 | By Patrick Okino

Lira, Amolatar and Dokolo districts have protested the planned spray of DDT in their area, saying it would affect the production of organic cotton.

Johnson Engole, the chairman of Lango Cooperative Union, told the parliamentary committee on tourism, trade and industry last week that the use of DDT in Oyam and Apac districts was expected to reduce the volume of organic cotton this year.

“We are urging people in these areas (Oyam and Apac) to grow conventional cotton, not organic, because of the DDT that was sprayed,” Engole told the committee headed by Rose Munyira Wabwire at Ngetta ginnery.

DDT was sprayed in the districts last month to fight malaria. The MPs were touring cotton ginneries and historical places in Bugisu, Teso and Lango.

http://allafrica.com/stories/printable/200805140095.html

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