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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.