By Azania Post Reporter
KIGOMA Region Commissioner, Brigadier General Emmanuel Maganga has asked livestock keepers in the area to brand their cows with a hot-stamp so as to avoid theft and confusion among them.
Speaking during an exercise to mark the animals, Maganga said that the move will minimize theft cases which have been increasing.
Brigadier General Emmanuel Maganga
He also said that the region is expecting to brand more than 300,000 livestock in an exercise to be carried on more than three weeks.
According to him, it is very difficult to identify unbranded stolen cows which in most cases are shifted to neighboring countries
However, most of the livestock keepers are not happy with the exercise which also carried in other regions, saying that were not involved from initial stages. Apart from involvement, they say the exercise it’s too costly.
According to Secretary General of Tanzania association of livestock keepers, Maghembe Makoye, the exercise has a number of challenges including payment for the service.
He added that another challenge associated with the exercise included restricting the animals which will be marked from entering into other villages for auction.
It was reported recently that Rwanda National Police has handed over 26 cows that were stolen from Tanzania, a few days after a tip off by residents in Kirehe district.
The cows were stolen from Ngara district in Tanzania by unidentified cattle hustlers and transported to the Rwandan side through a land border.
Cross – border security operations between Rwanda and Tanzania were reinforced since last month.
Rwanda and Tanzania police forces met on March 4, 2017 to enhance their collaboration on cross-border security and agreed on various policing issues between borders of the two countries.
The meeting was the first of its kind since September 2012 when both police forces signed a memorandum of understanding on major areas of co-operation, including exchange of information on criminals, expertise and joint training, among others.
During the bilateral talks in March this year, Rwanda and Tanzania police forces also committed to prevent border encroaching, smuggling and human trafficking by conducting joint border patrols.