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Lira City Slaps UGX 50,000 Fine on Impounded Animals :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Lira City Slaps UGX 50,000 Fine on Impounded Animals

Leonard Otika, the Lira City Environment Officer, says something had to be done about the stray animals on grounds that the City is not a place for keeping animals.
Impounded animals ttied at a parking lot within the City's environment offices.

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Lira City authorities have imposed a Shillings 50,000 fine on each domestic animal found straying in the city. The move stems from a public outcry in the high number of domestic animals walking in the city, which at times destroy both private and the government properties.  

The animals mostly cows are also known for moving in large herds disrupting traffic and destroying properties trees and flowers planted to beautify the city. Between 2019 and 2020, the then Lira Municipality planted 1,990 trees in the outskirts of the city under the Uganda Road Fund project.

However, about 1,791 trees were destroyed by animals. In 2020- 2021 budget cycle, the City planted 280 trees along newly built roads under the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development- USMID project. However, some of the trees were also eaten by the animals while others dried up due to the harsh weather condition.

Leonard Otika, the Lira City Environment Officer, says something had to be done about the animals on grounds that the City is not a place for keeping animals.“You see; a city is not a place for keeping animals because these animals are left to roam around eating up the trees we planted to beautify the city,” he said.

Adding that” The worst part is we have on several occasions talked to the people who own these animals to take them away from the city but they do not listen and that is why we are impounding them,” said Otika. He says each person whose animals is impounded pays a fine of Shillings 50,000.

“You can imagine how much that will be if the same animal is impounded like 10 times.This, I tell you is working because I’m seeing the number of animals straying around reducing meaning they have started complying,” he said.  


Some city dwellers have welcomed the move, saying the authorities are on the right track. Denis Odongo, a resident of Lira City, says the authorities should have given the affected animals owners an ultimatum to take them away before impounding, saying the current operation seems like an ambush.

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Mercy Akello, a vegetable vendor in Lira City, says that she witnessed a number of her colleagues getting involved in accidents and some losing their properties because of the stray animals. She believes that the Shillings 50,000 is too little and wants it revised to Shillings 100,000.

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Sadick Okwir, who has five cows, wants the city authorities to gazette for them a place where the can graze their animals instead of leaving them to roam around the city. He says that some of them were born in areas where the city is now meaning they have nowhere else to go or let alone take their animals.


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