The County Assembly of Busia has given the Department of Agriculture and Animal Resources powers to initiate the development of animal confinements in all urban centres and public places for purposes of confining impounded animals as their owners await legal action.
The move to give the Department powers was reached on Tuesday when the Assembly adopted a report of the Agriculture committee on the provision of confinement places for confiscated animals found loitering in Busia, Malaba towns and all other public places in the county.
Members were unanimous in adopting the report following a motion moved by Matayos South Member of the County Assembly Hon. Linus Asiba tabled on 26th September, 2018.
Agriculture committee chairman Hon Joab Oteba said loitering animals are prone to zoonotic diseases which are a health hazard to residents, thus the need to eradicate the vice.
“The Veterinary Development Bill 2018 that has reached public participation stage will help address numerous challenges; we want our towns to be clean devoid of animals that litter our towns with dung and other solid and liquid animal waste,” he said.
The Department of Agriculture in its recommendations to the committee through the County Executive Committee Member Dr Moses Osia noted with concern the increasing number of livestock loitering within urban centres in the county.
Dr Osia said the animals are a public nuisance especially by interfering with the free flow of traffic for both human and motor vehicles. “ There are also possibilities of spreading zoonotic diseases due to the close contact between these animals and human beings,” he said.
He said The Veterinary Services Management Bill gives provision for impounding of livestock found straying in undesignated areas and proposes the establishment of animal confinement areas.
Deputy Speaker Lawrence Okaale who chaired the session said the Department of Agriculture has been tasked to expedite the setting up of confinement areas in liaison with the Department of Agriculture.