Council to auction stray cattle

A new by-law requiring Hurungwe district council to seize stray livestock and auction them has angered villagers who fear the local authority wants to steal from them to pay its debts.

The Zimbabwean last week witnessed stray cattle and goats roaming Magunje growth point.A villager, BomanMhanda, described the law as ridiculous, saying it was unfair to apply it in rural areas where villagers relied on cattle for draught power.

“Personally, I would confront council to get back my cattle or goats if they were impounded,” he said.

The council’s chief executive officer, Joram Moyo, referred questions to administrator, Karol Mutenga, who said the by-laws were a “necessary evil”.The law provides for a seven-day grace period for owners to reclaim their animals.

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