Thorny issue Weeks after burning alive 6,400 one-day-old chicks from Kenya, Tanzania now wants to auction over 10,000 cows from Uganda and Rwanda

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Tanzania Livestock and Fisheries Minister, Luhaga Mpina said that the cattle would be auctioned in a similar fashion as the ones recently seized from Kenya.

play Ankole long horned cattles. (CGTN Africa)

Barely weeks after auctioning 1,325 head of cattle and burning alive 6,400 one-day-old chicks from Kenya for violating its territorial boundaries, Tanzania has strike again, this time round with even much more force.

Tanzanian authorities have seized more than 10,000 head of cattle from Uganda and Rwanda that were found inside its territorial boundaries, Tanzania Livestock and Fisheries Minister, Luhaga Mpina announced on Monday.

play Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni bonds with his Rwanda's counterpart, Paul Kagame while grazing cattle. (observer)

 

While addressing the parliament, Mr. Mpina said that the cattle would be auctioned in a similar fashion as the ones recently seized from Kenyans on the Tanzania-Kenya border.

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

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

play Paul Kagame congratulating newly elected Tanzanian President, John Magufuli as other East African leaders look on during his swearing ceremony. (igihe)

 

Tanzania has been at logger heads with its neighbours over grazing land with President John Magufuli even warning that his country was not a grazing land for its neighbours cows.

“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, and we want to tell our neighbours to take measures based on their laws once our animals go graze in the countries.

“Let them (Kenyans) also take similar action if cows from Tanzania are arrested in their country,” the non-sense President stated.

play A Maasai herder looking for pasture. (maasai-association)

 

This is after Kenya wrote a protest letter to Tanzania over what it termed as “a policy shift that condones hostile actions against Kenyan citizens and their business interests”.     

Mr Mpina was however quick to explain that relations between Tanzania and other East African Community (EAC) member states were stable.

It is not yet clear if Uganda or Rwanda has reached out to Tanzania over the ‘thorny’ cattle issue.

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