Lira to Auction Animals Found Roaming the Streets

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In short
Last year, Lira municipality got stuck with over 70 animals mainly cows that were impounded from the streets. The owners were later fined between Ugx 20, 000 and 100,000/= Emmanuel Ocen Oyuku, Lira municipality deputy Town Clerk said they have resolved to auction stray animals.

Lira Municipality authority has resolved to publicly auction all animals that will be impounded after found roaming the streets within town.
 
 This move is backed by an ordinance that was passed by the council prohibiting town dwellers from keeping cows, pigs, goats and sheep on free range system within the municipality.
 
 Under the ordinance, all animals should be kept on zero grazing system and shouldn't be let on the streets.
 
 Last year, Lira municipality got stuck with over 70 animals mainly cows that were impounded from the streets. The owners were later fined between Ugx 20, 000 and 100,000/=
 
 Emmanuel Ocen Oyuku, Lira municipality deputy Town Clerk said they have resolved to auction stray animals.
 
Before auctioning, Oyuku says a court order shall be sought to regulate the process.
 
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 Oyuku says the resolution was based on the Public Health Act that disallows extensive grazing in towns.
 
Johnson Okwir, Lira deputy mayor, appealed to residents still grazing animals within town to respect the decision and remove their animals to villages if they cannot manage zero grazing system.
 
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George Omona a resident of Railways Division in Lira Municipality admits that the animals roaming on streets affects traffic. He says the decision to auction the animals has been long overdue.
 
 Moses Ocip, LCIII Chairperson for Central Division who is currently rearing over 60 head of cattle insists he will continue keeping his livestock because it is his right.
 
More than 500 livestock mainly cows are believed to roam the streets of Lira town every day.
 
Records obtained from Lira district traffic department indicates that animals roaming the various streets in Lira play a big part in motor accident cases.
 
It is a common sight for one to see cows moving unrestrained on the roads of Lira town especially in the areas of Teso Bar, Jinja Camp, Railway quarters, and Angwet-angwet, Rainbow, Cuk-Atat, Te-Alok and Odokomit areas.

 

About the author

Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.