Mangwe chief appeals for support to save livestock

Source: Mangwe chief appeals for support to save livestock – DailyNews

CHIEF Wasi Ndiweni of Mangwe district, Matabeleland South Province, is appealing to the government to intervene as his subjects continue to lose hundreds of cattle which are being shot after straying into Botswana.

Botswana in 2016 introduced a shoot-to-kill policy to eliminate all cattle that stray into her territory. This has, however, seen over a 1 000 cattle being shot, particularly in Bulilima and Mangwe in the past four years.

While the Zimbabwean government has engaged their Botswana counterparts, villagers continue to lose their livestock.

“Our cattle continue to be killed whenever they stray into Botswana and this has thrown many families into poverty. We are very close to the boundary and there is no fence, so it’s not easy to control our cattle from going to the other side. “We are just praying that our government will try to come up with something. We have had quite a number of meetings with authorities from both sides, but it has not yielded anything,” lamented Chief Wasi.

MP for Bulilima West Dingimuzi Phuti admitted that resolving the impasse had become a huge headache. “Our continued attempts to engage the law enforcers, villagers and traditional leadership on this issue has not yielded much.

“We found out that our authorities from the veterinary services and the police at some point engaged their Botswana counterparts… Botswana is protecting its beef market (from cattle diseases)…

It supplies the European Union and beyond,” said Phuti, who is also the deputy minister of Information Communication Technology


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    Old farmer 7 months ago

    The answer is to return to the old ways and herd the cattle. Schools have been closed for most of this year and there are many youths with no gainful employment. Do not let your cattle roam everywhere. They roam all over the main roads and cause accidents as well. If you value your cattle, herd them, know where they are, and kraal them at night. That way you get to keep an eye on whether any are sick, or not getting enough food, or need dipping.
    If you care for your cattle, they will provide for you.

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      Dr Ace Mukadota PhD 7 months ago

      No – kids today are sent to university in ZW.When they graduate there are no jobs in ZW so they go to South Africa and become top waiters and Uber drivers. You can find them all over S AFrica – I recently found two at the top of Table Mountain – graduates from one of ZW’s 14 universities. These graduates do not want to be cattle & goat herders like their parents & grandparents comrades.

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    Dr Ace Mukadota PhD 7 months ago

    ZW always crying when its citizens break the rules and suffer for it. Botswana justified in taking action to safeguard its own beef herd from foot & mouth that might come from ZW. As ZW has let its cotrols slip over the last few decades.
    Wake up Zimbabweans and do the right thing & there will be no trouble.