Zambia Army to search homes in Western Province for Anthrax infected meat

The Zambia army may start searching people’s homes in Western Province (Barotseland) in search of Anthrax infected meat.
This follows an appeal by Kalabo District Commissioner Fridah Luhila for deployment of army and police officers to areas affected by the outbreak of anthrax.
Minister of Fisheries and Livestock Michael Katambo and his Permanent Secretary David Shamulenge are in Western Province to assess the impact of the anthrax outbreak.
Luhila told Katambo that people were hiding infected carcases in their homes and called for the army to move in and confiscate the meat in homes.
But a Kalabo resident who asked for anonymity has expressed concern that deployment of the army for such an exercise may result in harassment and beating of people by soldiers.
‘Bringing the army here to search houses may result in unnecessary harassment and beating of innocent people,’ the resident observed.
The region already has a huge number of Zambia army soldiers who are in the area to keep an eye on Barotseland freedom related activities. Kalabo has one military camp, so has Sioma at Sitoti, Mongu, Sesheke, Lukulu and Mulobezi.
Several Districts in Western Province have been affected by the Anthrax outbreak which is posing a danger to the cattle population in the region.

Cattle in Sikongo District

Cattle in Sikongo District

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