A public kraal built to keep impounded animals in Lira municipality has remained redundant three years after construction. The public Kraal, which seats on a plot of land measuring 70 by 50 meters along Lira-Kitgum road was built at over Shillings 14 million.
However, the public kraal has never been put to use despite the fact that stray animals mainly cattle, continue roaming the streets of Lira town. The stray animals are common along Obote Avenue, Oyite-Ojok Lane, Aroma Lane and Olwol Road.
Most of the these streets were upgraded and beautified under the World Bank funded Uganda support to municipal Infrastructure Development – USMID.
Patrick Ogweng, the Lira town clerk attributes their failure to put the Kraal to use on lack of enforcement officers to conduct operations to impound stray animals.
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Lira Municipal council passed a resolution four years ago to impound any stray animal found roaming the street and instituted a fine of ranging between Shillings 50,000 to 150,000 for each animal. However, to date no animals has been impounded.
Joseph Okello, a trader along Obote Avenue in Lira town is disappointed by the failure of Lira Municipal Council to enforce its own resolution on the stray animals. He says most of the stray animals belong to big shots mostly rich people and government officials. He wants the authority to start impounding the animals without fear or favor.