By-law On Stray Animals Still Being Frustrated in Kiboga

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The delay to enact a by law on stray animals in Kiboga town, is hampering efforts to impound them and punish the owners accordingly.

The delay to enact a by law on stray animals in Kiboga town, is hampering efforts to impound them and punish the owners accordingly.
 
Because of the increasing number of loitering animals on the streets of the town, poor sanitation and accidents have hit a record high.
 
Tadeo Muwanika, a driver at Muna and Sons garage, says that his car Corona registration No- UAJ 355J was seriously damaged on January, 17, 2013 when he rammed into two heads of loitering cattle which were crossing Hoima-Kampala highway at Equity bank Kiboga branch.
 
He blames the town leadership failing to take the problem of loitering animals more seriously yet they are a danger on the road.
 
Fidel Bigirimana, the officer in charge of traffic police in Kiboga district, says accidents involving drivers and cyclists ramming into loitering animals around town are on the increase.
 
A by-law banning residents from keeping animals like cattle, goats and pigs in the town centre was first suggested in council in 2011.
 
It appeared for second reading mid last year and it awaits the district council consent.
 
According to Kiboga town council veterinary officer, Moses Kirundi, it, among others, provides for fines as part of penalties to any resident found guilty of breaching the by-law.
 
Kirundi says the by-law provides that any resident found guilty of breaching the bylaw is liable to a penalty of a fine of between 50,000 to100, 000 shillings for a cow impounded, 30,000 shillings is attached to a goat, while pigs carry a fine of 35,000 to 50,000 shillings.
 
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The Kiboga town council LC3 chairperson, Samuel Amiringo Matovu, says all initiatives intended to get rid of loitering animals in town have been frustrated by some selfish politicians who incite the public against the proposed by-law.
 
He meanwhile adds that as the by law is in the pipe line, the community is being sensitized on the importance of animal free town.