The Veterinary Department in Mazabuka District has impounded two Rosa Buses with trailers loaded with 71 animals belonging to 11 farmers from Chief Monze’s area in Southern Province.

The animals were confiscated Wednesday morning around 03:00 hours in Nega – Nega area in Mazabuka District on their way to Lusaka.

The impounded animals comprise 26 pigs, 36 goats and nine chickens.

Speaking on behalf of the affected farmers, Sete Munamalimba confessed to Byta FM News that the owners of the animals had no stock movement Veterinary documents allowing them to move the animals.

He said the livestock owners, however had pleaded with the Veterinary officers not to impound the animals but to no avail, as the pigs, goats and chickens were re-routed and transported to Mazabuka.

Munamalimba explains that the owners were taking their livestock to Lusaka for sale as a means of raising money to buy food and pay school fees for their children.

He has since pleaded with the Veterinary department not to auction the animals as they are their only hope of survival.

Efforts to get a comment from the Veterinary department in Mazabuka proved futile by press time as District Veterinary Officer Dr. Ernest Ndalama was out of office.

Last week on Friday, 9th August, there was wailing and crying at Mazabuka’s Zambia Institute of Animal Health, (ZIAH) College Abattoir after the District Veterinary office seized over one hundred of Goats, Pigs and Chickens from 34 farmers.

The owners of the livestock cried foul to a Byta FM News crew that visited the abattoir saying the animals were their only source of income following a failed planting season that has resulted into poor harvests and hunger.

Provincial Veterinary Officer Dr. Muzumbwe Kanemanema told Byta FM News the animals were not diseased but were seized for illegal movement.

Kanemanema clarified that the livestock movement ban is still in force in the wake of a Foot and Mouth outbreak that has ravaged the agricultural Southern region.

He said the farmers are seasoned but were misled by their transporter who told them the animals were cleared for stock movement.
(Byta FM)


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