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Kamuli Town Council Stuck With Stray Animals

Kamuli town council is pushing for a resolution to arrest and slaughter stray animals in the town council. Most times during day and night residents let their animals like cattle, goats and sheep move freely.

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Kamuli town council is pushing for a resolution to arrest and slaughter stray animals in the town council.

Most times during day and night residents let their animals like cattle, goats and sheep move freely.

Town council authorities say the animals have caused road accidents, eaten up all the trees grown by people who are tendered to grow them, defecated along the roads and disorganized people’s business in town.

The most affected roads are Jinja, Temple, Saza and Commercial as well as Kamuli industrial area.

Scovia Namwebya, the deputy speaker Kamuli town council says people in Kamuli are very notorious at controlling their animals. The council has imposed penalties of up to 50,000 shillings once one’s animal is got loitering in the town council but the owners have not complied.

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Most residents whom Uganda Radio Network talked to, say the town council was demarcated after they had already settled in the area with their animals, adding that they cannot change the way they live with their animals.

Joshua Kitamirike, a resident of lower temple road says the town council should provide them with alternative places to graze their animals other than pushing them out of the town council.

But Erinah Nakato, a resident of Rubaga in Kamuli town council says the animals should be grazed outside the town for the convenience of other people who use the town and for hygiene purposes.

Henry Bwamiki, a businessman in Kamuli says most agricultural business people lose a lot of money through the stray animals eating up their produce at night. He says where the market is currently located, there isn’t enough security and this gives room for the animals to eat up their agricultural merchandise.

Miriam Mukyala, the Kamuli town council spokesperson says the animals have destroyed property worth millions of shillings. She says for instance a tender to grow trees and beautify Kamuli goes for close to two million shillings per financial year, which can be lost over night when the animals eat up the young plants. The traders who leave their agricultural produce in the markets, lose them by the night to stray animals. She says all penalties that involve money have failed to address the problem.

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