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DC: Enact by-laws to end conflicts between farmers, livestock keepers

15th February 2013
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Kisarawe District Commissioner, Fatuma Kimario

Kisarawe District Commissioner Fatuma Kimario has directed councillors here to enact bye-laws to control conflicts between farmers and livestock keepers.

The DC gave the directive yesterday during an ordinary full council meeting held in Kisarawe town after the councillors called for legal action to control the influx of  livestock keepers in the district from neighbouring regions as well as to stop them from destroying farmers’ crops, water sources and forest environment.

Fatuma said the district authorities cannot control them if there are no bye-laws to stop them from entering the district or invading farms.

“It will be difficult to control them if we do not have by-laws. Livestock keepers will keep entering the district and invading farms as long as there is no law to restrict them. Even if we make them pay fines, they will repeat the mistake because there is no by-law to hinder them,” she said.

She said her office is working hard to control them through fining them, but that cannot be a permanent solution.

She said she was pleased to hear the councillors’ readiness to cooperate with her office including enacting the by-laws.

She cautioned the councillors that the issue is mostly a political and economic problem, in that the number of the animals is bigger than the district’s capacity to keep them.

The councillors from Mafizi, Mzenga, Kurui, Marumbo, Chole, Vikumburu, Vihingo and Marui said that the livestock keepers have been herding their animals from the neighbouring regions and destroying their crops, water sources and the environment.

The district councillors of the 15 wards of Maneromango, Kibuta, Kisarawe, Kiluvya, Msimbu, Masaki, Msanga asked the DC to take legal actions to solve the problem.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN