Stray cat­tle, donkeys in­vade Masvingo city

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Wal­ter Mswazie

MASVINGO City Coun­cil has raised con­cern over the in­creas­ing num­ber of cat­tle and donkeys stray­ing into the city re­sult­ing in some road ac­ci­dents.

In an in­ter­view, Masvingo Mayor Coun­cil­lor Hu­bert Fidze said some of the road ac­ci­dents caused by stray an­i­mals have been se­ri­ous.

“I have re­ceived com­plaints per­tain­ing to the is­sue of cat­tle and in some in­stances donkeys that stray into the city es­pe­cially res­i­den­tial ar­eas. The sit­u­a­tion is no longer healthy for our res­i­dents as most have com­plained that their gar­dens have been rav­aged and the cat­tle are caus­ing ac­ci­dents, some of them fa­tal on our roads,” said Cllr Fidze.

The mayor said while coun­cil was not di­rectly re­spon­si­ble for con­trol­ling stray an­i­mals, city fa­thers have re­solved to en­gage rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties to help deal with the mat­ter.

“We can­not be di­rectly in­volved in con­trol­ling stray an­i­mals into the city but we have our stake­hold­ers like the So­ci­ety for the Preven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals (SPCA) and the De­part­ment of Ve­teri­nary Ser­vices who can as­sist us in mak­ing sure these cat­tle are not seen in the city,” he said.

Masvingo Beef As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Mr Robert Makado said cat­tle are found in the city be­cause of the El Nino-in­duced drought which has seen the de­ple­tion of pas­tures and dry­ing up of water sources.

He said the an­i­mals fol­low Mucheke and Shakashe rivers and end up go­ing into the city.

“We all agree with city fa­thers that stray­ing cat­tle are now a men­ace in our city but the rea­son is to do with the drought more than any­thing else. Cat­tle will al­ways fol­low where there are pas­tures and drinking water given that the drought has af­fected the avail­abil­ity of pas­tures and water sources,” said Mr Makado.— wal­terbm­swazie2.

Chief Nyanga­zonke

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