27 December 2012

Zambia: Kabwe Council Seizes 69 Goats

THE Kabwe Municipal Council yesterday swang into action and seized about 69 goats in four townships.

This follows complaints from members of the public whose plants have been eaten in gardens by livestock.

Council public relations manager Anne Mumba said the council moved into action to confiscate goats in townships after several warnings to residents to secure their animals.

Ms Mumba explained that the council had gone round communities sensitising the residents on the need to have their animals secured.

She said despite the sensitisation programmes, some residents had continued to let their animals stray into the streets and destroying fields.

The council had given the animal owners an ultimatum that had come to an end.

She said the council was keeping the animals and had given owners of the animals an ultimatum which ended yesterday to pay K450,000 fine, failure to which the animals would be auctioned.

She urged everyone in the communities keeping livestock to ensure that their animals were in secure areas to avoid been confiscation.

Ms Mumba said the goats that were confiscated had become a nuisance as they were destroying people's crops.

The Public Health Act requires that animals such as pets and livestock should be kept in designated places.

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