Muranga residents want proposed Livestock Bill 2019 reviewed

A section of Muranga County residents has issued a 14 day ultimatum to the Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri to withdraw and review the proposed Livestock Bill 2019 which they claim was draconian.

According to the residents, a section of the proposed bill that requires a producer or a trader to register for a license to operate in the livestock industry was archaic.

They have threatened to take legal action if the CS does not heed their demands.

According to the farmers, the proposed law calls for a fine or a jail term on anyone who will fail to register their animals.

The farmers have subsequently, a two weeks ultimatum to the Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri to review the proposed Livestock Bill 2019.

Speaking in Muranga town, the Stakeholders cited some articles in the proposed bill which they claim are draconian and colonial.

They have threatened to take legal action if the CS does not withdraw the proposed.

The farmers accused the Agriculture Cabinet Secretary for rushing the bill to parliament without conducting public participation.

Meanwhile, a farmer in Moi’s Bridge is counting losses after his sheep were attacked in his yard and killed by suspected wild animal.

Residents of Moi’s Bridge are now living fear of being attacked by the same animal which they don’t know with most of them suspecting to a leopard.
Joseph Melly who runs butchery in Moi’s Bridge town said the wild animal killed twelve of his sheep which he estimates at Kshs 120,000.
 County KWS warden John Ngaria Mwakima said he suspects the sheep might have been killed by wild dog but they have initiated investigations to establish the kind of wild animal that was involved in the incident.
Mwakima warned farmers not to temper with scene of the incident anytime there is an occurrence of the same to make investigations easier to be established.
Residents have said such incidents have been happening in the past but the wild animal has never been traced by KWS officers who have been promising to tame the animal making them vulnerable for such attacks.
They are calling on the government and other stakeholders to take action so that their security and security of their animals is guaranteed.




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