Mpina demotes two directors for poor execution of cattle branding

01Jan 2018
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Mpina demotes two directors for poor execution of cattle branding

MINISTER for Livestock and Fisheries, Luhaga Mpina has demoted two senior officials in the ministry for failure to spearhead the countrywide one-month cattle-branding exercise.

MINISTER for Livestock and Fisheries, Luhaga Mpina

Those who have been demoted include acting director of research, training and extension services in the ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Dr Erastus Mosha and acting director of extension and Registrar, Bezia Rwengozibwa.

The minister tasked the responsible authorities to take disciplinary actions against those two officials.

Apart from the two directors, two officials Luzangi Deogratius and Felista Kimario have been given stern warnings for failing to supervise the exercise.

Speaking at the function to wrap-up the countrywide cattle-branding exercise held at Migato ward of Itilima District in Simiyu Region, Minister Mpina said that the exercise targeted to brand 19,219,487 cattle, but only 7,401,661 were reached since December 14, 2016.

He said that is part of fulfilling the Livestock Identification, Registration and Traceability Act, 2010, number 12 or CAP 184 and the secondary regulations of 2011, which were gazetted in GN 362 of October 28, 2011.

“But, until December 31, this year only 7,401,661 cattle (equivalent to 38.5percent were branded and 3.7bn/- was collected (at the charge of 500- her herd) from 16 district councils across the country,” he said.

He said: “Some of the districts reached between 10 and 50 per cent of the target and there are about 33 district councils which haven’t started the exercise.”

 The minister termed the situation as caused by negligence from some of the government officials.

He however announced extension of time of the exercise to January 31, this year; with the hope that all cattle will be branded.

Mpina named some of the challenges experienced in implementing the exercise as lack of funds for awareness creation and making brands as the money weren’t budgeted in the 2016/17 fiscal budget and the directives were issued in December 2016.

Another challenge include difficulties in identifying cattle from neighbouring countries, failure for pastoralists to provide exact figures of their cattle as well as some of the pastoralists were denied to take part in the exercise for the reason that they were invaders or illegal immigrants particularly in areas of Rufiji, Kibiti, Sumbawanga, Tanganyika and Kibondo districts. The charge per cattle differed from one area to another as some areas were charging 500/- per herd, while others were charging 1, 000/-.

The minister however directed all district councils which have overcharged to refund the money to the beholders.

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