Tanzania’s cabinet minister for livestock and fisheries, Luhaga Mpina revealed plans on Monday, before parliament to auction more than 10,000 head of cattle from neighboring Rwanda and Uganda that were found grazing on the Tanzanian territory.
This follows recent similar action taken on over 1,300 livestock from the Maasai community in Kenya. They were auctioned off for about Sh93 million, after minister Mpina said that they “would spread dangerous diseases.”
Local media reports that Mpina accuses pastoralists from both countries of violating the law in Tanzania by grazing beyond their borders.
President Pombe Magufuli was quoted by various media, while on visit to Kagera region, saying that “Tanzania is not a feeding farm for animals from other countries and that is why we have stated that we are going to take action as per the law.”
“we want to tell our neighbours to take measures based on their laws once our animals graze in their countries,” he added.
This also comes after fury from Kenyan officials over the auction of cows and the burn of at least 6,400 chicks imported from Kenya for fear of bird flu.