Modern market to address cattle smuggling into Kenya

01Jan 2018
Edward Qorro
The Guardian
Modern market to address cattle smuggling into Kenya

THE regional government will construct a modern market to control livestock smuggling into the neighbouring country of Kenya.

Arusha regional commissioner Mrisho Gambo

The proposed selling point to be built at Oriendeke village in Longido District will cost the government 782m/- until its completion.

Briefing reporters at the weekend, Arusha regional commissioner Mrisho Gambo said the presence of the livestock will address the perennial problem of cattle smuggling from unscrupulous livestock dealers from both countries.

According to Gambo, the government used to lose millions of shillings in revenues due to livestock smugglers.

“If we don’t put in place such a market the government will continue to be on the losing side while the unscrupulous dealers will continue to thrive as they fleece us,” he noted.

According to Gambo, villages bordering the two countries were mostly affected by the presence of the cattle dealers.

Meanwhile, the regional boss revealed that his office was planning to do away with the three gates which are used as entry points into Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA).

Gambo said the gates had become a nuisance to many tourists accessing the route, where they are forced to pay some fees to gain access.

“Instead of having three gates in Monduli, Longido and Ngorongoro districts we  will now have one main gate and the money taped from it will be shared among the three district councils depending on what has been collected ,” he explained.

At the moment, in order for tourists to reach Lake Natron it is compulsory to go through three checkpoints where they pay the corresponding fees.

The fee at Engaresero Gate is $15 per tourist, the one at Longido fetches $10 per tourist while through Engaruka where a tourist parts ways with $10.

Gambo further disclosed that tourism revenues in the region had increased from  3trillion/- in 2015 to  4trillion/- in 2016, with the number of tourists increasing from 1,200 in 2015 to 1,400 as of last year.