Stray Aminals Take Over Rubaare Town council

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In short
Benson Kansiime, the Rubaare town council LC III Chairperson, says they are faced with a challenge of manpower. According to Kansiime, they passed an ordinance, where the owners of the stray animal pay a fine of Shillings 20,000 for each animal impounded.

Stray animals have taken over Rubaare town council in Ntungamo district. The animals include goats, cows and dogs. They are often seen roaming Rwebikoona road, Market Street and Kyempene road among others.


 
This forces pedestrians and the motorists to compete for space with the animals. Carcasses of animals especially dogs are a common sight in Rubaare town.

 
  
Moses Tumuhimbise, a matooke dealer in Rubaare town council, says the animals often eat his bananas leaving him stuck since there is no one he can hold accountable. According to Tumuhimbise, despite reporting to the town council authorities nothing has been done.

 
Lauriano Kazigaba sells fruits and fresh vegetables in the town council. He says that the stray animals have gotten used to people to the extent that they walk to their stalls and eat their fruits and vegetables such as cabbages.
 
 
Kazigaba says that some of the goats are released by the town agents who pocket bribes from the owners of the stray animals. URN couldn't independently verify the claim.
 

Benson Kansiime, the Rubaare town council LC III Chairperson, says they are faced with a challenge of manpower.  According to Kansiime, they passed an ordinance, where the owners of the stray animal pay a fine of Shillings 20,000 for each animal impounded.

 
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For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

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