Government deploys units to enforce removal of cattle from Ihefuvalley

15Jan 2021
The Guardian
Government deploys units to enforce removal of cattle from Ihefuvalley

​​​​​​​DEFENCE and Security units in Mbeya region have been deployed in Owevu area of Ihefu Valley in Mbarali District as preparations for forceful removal of herds of cattle introduced in the area by herders illegally.

The step follows the six-day ultimatum issued by the government to herders to remove their livestock voluntarily.

On January 8 this year Mbeya Region’s Defence and Security Committee under its chairman, Mbeya Regional Commissioner Albert Chalamila met with the herders who were given six days to remove their livestock, the period that ended yesterday (January 14).

The committee also called on Ruaha National Park officials to use the six days to mobilise the herders to remove their cattle from the area.

The coordinator of the operation – dubbed ‘Operation Tokomeza’ Deogratius Mwageni said defense and security units have been deployed to conduct the operation in four ways.

He said at the expiry of the ultimatum the units will conduct the operation by air, in water and on land to ensure no livestock remains in the valley.

“There will be units that will use a helicopter, boats and vehicles as well others on foot and we believe no herder will hide himself without being found by our units,” Mwageni added.

He said since the time the six-day ultimatum was given all TANAPA wardens were banned to arrest those who were obeying the directive voluntarily whenever they find them inside Ruaha National Park.

Speaking to herders, the Head of Ruaha National Park Public Relations Department Sharif Yasin said the livestock that will be seized after expiry of the ultimatum will not be restored to owners as had been the practice in the past.

The Secretary of Mbarali District herders association, Matagri Mbigili cautioned fellow herders not to ignore the government’s order to remove their livestock from Ihefu Valley, saying they might end becoming poor. Read More...

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