Mathew Tusubira, the Busia Deputy Resident District Commissioner has imposed a ban on night movements with livestock following rampant theft.
More than 100 cows have been stolen between January and February in the three sub-counties of Masinya, Buhehe, and Lumino. The livestock is stolen at night and taken to markets in Kenya.
Tusubira explained that livestock movement within the district is only allowed between 6:00 am and 6:00 p.m. He adds that the new regulation seeks to prevent animal theft and rustling in the areas which are commonly done during the night hours.
He asked the village local council leaders to form a security team of 10 members per village to carry out night patrols. Tusubira also said that whoever is transporting livestock should have a clearance letter from both the village chairman and the police.
Jennifer Makokha , Charles Mangeni, and Hamphrance Opio among other residents in Buhehe sub-county welcomed the move saying that it will relieve cattle keepers of the recurrent cattle theft in the district which had made them spend sleepless nights due to fear.
Robart Okochi, the Defense Secretary of Sibona Village says that there is a need to deploy police at the porous points to curb livestock thefts.
Fredrick Asil, the OC Buhehe Police Post says that they have registered more than 48 cases of livestock theft since the beginning of the month. He also said that the area faces a challenge of lack of manpower to Mann the porous points.
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