Farmer collapse after his 71 animals are confiscated

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A farmer in Choma collapsed after veterinary officers ordered the slaughter of his 71 animals for alleged having foot and mouth disease and were in transit to Mumbwa in the midst of a animal movement ban.
Keme Syantumbe, a resident of Choma’s Macha area collapsed as his animals were being massacred.

He couldn’t hold back his emotions as he described the incident as a death penalty because his entire life depends on the slaughtered animals. 
Officers from Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock led the team that  slaughtered and disposed off 71 animals worth K138,000 yesterday.
Choma District Fisheries and Livestock Coordinator, Dr. Alex Hachangu said this is in view of the animal movement ban effected in February due to the Foot and Mouth Disease.
The disposed animals were from Pemba, an area affected with Foot and Mouth and were destined for Mumbwa through Mang’unza.
Dr. Hachangu stated that the action  was in line with the Health Act No. 27 of 2010 which provides for the clearance of all animals moving from one district to another by the veterinary department.
He added that the ministry had no choice in this case as there was clearance from Vet and the police. 
There was wailing and crying from Macha residents when the ministry paraded 71 animals including 32 Cattle, 28 Sheep and 11 Goats in pulls of blood worth K138, 000. 

He further stated that the future of his 13 children who are at Primary, Secondary and Tertiary level has been shuttered as their education depended on the slaughtered animals.
Asked where they would take the carcass, Dr Hachangu said the ministry will auction the 32 Cattle to the nearest Abattoir owned by a Somalian should they be deemed fit for human consumption.

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