Kisumu an­i­mals to get chips for track­ing

MCA says this will has­ten re­sponse, res­cue and iden­ti­fi­caa­tion of live­stock

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - FAITH MATETE @fay­matete

The Kisumu assem­bly has passed a mo­tion to in­tro­duce the GPS track­ing for an­i­mals to end cat­tle rustling.

The assem­bly se­cu­rity com­mit­tee plans to pe­ti­tion the Se­nate to help them solve the prob­lem.

On Tues­day, West Nyakach MCA James Omolo moved the mo­tion, say­ing the county has suf­fered sev­eral at­tacks along the bor­der with Keri­cho and Nandi coun­ties.

He said the prob­lem can be solved by track­ing de­vices and mi­crochips im­planted un­der an­i­mals’ hide. “By this I mean in­tro­duc­ing a nano track­ing de­vice that would em­ploy GPS tech­nol­ogy and a cen­tral place es­tab­lished, where all the mapped an­i­mals would be mon­i­tored,” Omolo said.

He said this would en­hance quick re­sponse and res­cue of the an­i­mals be­ing driven to other coun­ties.

Some MCAs called for build­ing bor­der walls and fences.

“It is our man­date to make sure our peo­ple live with­out any fear of los­ing their an­i­mals,” the MCA said.

He said rustlers go to home­steads in Nyakach and steal cat­tle in broad day­light. Sev­eral at­tacks and deaths were ported in the area last week.

Most MCAs sup­ported the mo­tion, say­ing the prob­lem is get­ting out of hand. They ac­cused the na­tional gov­ern­ment of doint noth­ing to stop rustling. “Se­cu­rity is a func­tion of the state and they should solve this prob­lem,” Nyakach MCA Petron­illa Omondi said.

Nom­i­nated MCA Ly­dia Od­hi­ambo said in Nyakach, al­most all homes are af­fected by cat­tle rustling.

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