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Dar to auction 10,000 Ugandan, Rwandan head of cattle

Livestock and Fisheries Minister Luhaga Mpina said the cattle would be sold in a similar manner as the ones recently seized from Kenyans on the Tanzania-Kenya border



Tanzanian authorities have seized more than 10,000 head of cattle from Uganda and Rwanda that were found inside the country’s borders, a Cabinet minister told Parliament on Monday.

Livestock and Fisheries Minister Luhaga Mpina said the cattle would be auctioned in a similar manner as the ones recently seized from Kenyans on the Tanzania-Kenya border.

The minister made the remarks in Parliament when contributing to a discussion on the national development plan for 2018/19.

The government recently auctioned 1,325 head of cattle owned by Kenyan herders, saying they were grazing in Tanzania illegally.

Mpina accused Ugandan and Rwandan pastoralists of violating Tanzanian law by driving their animals to graze beyond their borders.

But the minister was quick to explain that relations between Tanzania and other East African Community (EAC) member states were stable.

His remarks come a week after the Kenyan government formally protested to Tanzania over what Nairobi terms “a policy shift that condones hostile actions against Kenyan citizens and their business interests”.

Mr Tom Amolo, Kenya’s Political and Diplomatic Secretary in the Foreign Affairs ministry, criticised Tanzania’s decision to burn chicks imported from Kenya as well as auction animals from Kenyan herders without involving authorities in Nairobi.

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He said such actions risked soiling historical relations between the two countries.

The Kenyan Maasai community also reportedly recently seized at least 4,000 head of cattle from Tanzania, ostensibly in retaliation.

Commissioner of Kajiado County in southern Kenya, Harsama Kello, said he was trying to stop the Maasai community in Kenya from confiscating cattle from Tanzania as an act of revenge.

Minister Mpina said the Tanzanian government was not aware of the incident.

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  1. Dr. Makoti Saidi, PhD

    November 20, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    Dr. Magufuli, your Excellency, nilikuhusudu sana ulipotwaa uongozi nchini Tanzania. Ulikuwa ‘fagio mpya’ wasemavyo Wazungu. Lakini sasa Mheshimiwa Rais, tembo unalitia maji. Huwezi kukorofishana na majirani. Utawahitaji kisiasa, kibiashara, kiundugu, kiteknolojia, n.k. Unalolifanya si jambo jema. Unayotenda kwa kisingizio cha sheria ya Tanzania, ni dhululuma. Mwenyezi Mungu anachukia dhuluma. Tahadhari usije ukavaa kiburi. Utaanguka. Chunga sana usidhulumu. Soma Utenzi wa Al’Inkishafi uone wosia kwa Wafalme wa kisiwani Pate (Kenya) katika karne ya 12. Nakuomba utumie ushauri zaidi kwa mawaziri wako na weye mwenyewe tumia busari. Washauri viongozi wa kidini pia.
    Dkt. Makoti Saidi, Kwale County, Kenya.

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