Kisumu animals to get chips for tracking
MCA says this will hasten response, rescue and identificaation of livestock
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.