Government slaughters 71 cattle of Pemba farmer

Government slaughters 71 cattle of Pemba farmer

*Farmers in the province have been complaining that there is a deliberate government policy to impoverish the region through unnecessary bans.

A farmer of Choma’s Macha in Southern Province collapsed yesterday after the government through the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock slaughtered and disposed off his 71 animals worth K138,000.

Choma District Fisheries and Livestock Coordinator, Alex Hachangu said the PF government slaughtered the farmer’s animal because he ignored the livestock movement ban effected in February due to the Foot and Mouth Disease.

The disposed animals were from Pemba, an area which government said I’d affected with Foot and Mouth and were destined for Mumbwa through Mang’unza.

Hachangu stated that the action was in line with the Health Act No. 27 of 2010 which provides for the clearance of all animals moving from one district to another by the veterinary department.

He added that the ministry had no choice in this case as there was clearance from Vet and the police.

There was wailing and crying from Macha residents when the ministry paraded 71 animals including 32 Cattle, 28 Sheep and 11 Goats in pulls of blood worth K138, 000.

Meanwhile, Keme Syantumbe, owner of the stock, who could not hold his emotions described the incident as a death penalty because his entire life depends on the slaughtered animals.

He further stated that the future of his 13 children who are at Primary, Secondary and Tertiary level has been shuttered as their education depended on the slaughtered animals.

Asked where they would take the carcass, Dr Hachangu said the ministry will auction the 32 Cattle to the nearest Abattoir owned by a Somalian should they be deemed fit for human consumption.

Macha Radio

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    Kabemba 1 week ago

    The law is the law.There is no need to gain political mileage on the misfortune of law breakers. Government is spending a lot of money to curb livestock disease and such farmers must no be allowed to frustrate those efforts,

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      Musonda 1 week ago

      Wrong bro…in South Africa you compaset before you slaughter…guess zambian way…that’s the reason Zambians are so poor…the reasoning is so low…why did they not check the cattle first before slaughtring…low thinking at a highest order

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    James bond 007 1 week ago

    Member of parliament please come in this matter and people mobilise yourselves and block the auction of the carcasses or the money should go the owner.

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    Pay the farmer Guy Scott example 1 week ago

    There is a provision in the Law to compensate this poor farmer. Please process the payment for him and other affected farmers very fast and publish the matter so that we all know!!!