Govt to impound, auction stray cattle found on roads

Govt to impound, auction stray cattle found on roads
Published: 06 March 2014 (1300 Views)
Transport and Infrastructure Development Minister Dr Obert  Mpofu said government will soon impound livestock that strays onto roads and auction it, the Senate heard last week.

Mpofu said Cabinet had already approved a policy framework to that effect.Dr Mpofu was responding to a question from Bulawayo Metropolitan Senator Matson Hlalo (MDC-T) on what practical steps government was taking to ensure that the country did not continue to lose lives on the road due to stray animals.

"One thing we are doing is that we are appealing to those who want to join us in the rehabilitation of the roads to include fencing," he said.

"We will also have highway patrols and Cabinet has approved that, where they patrol our highways as what happens in other countries like South Africa and Botswana.

"If they find stray cattle, they impound and sell. We have come up with measures which we will share with you on their implementation."

Dr Mpofu said he would soon appoint new boards of vibrant people to run parastatals falling under his portfolio.

This was after Manicaland Senator Cde Monica Mutsvangwa (Zanu-PF) asked about gender balancing in the reconstitution of boards.
Responding to another question, Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development Minister Oppah Muchinguri said there was a need to vigorously deal with sexual abuse in churches.

She was responding to a question from Mashonaland Central Senator Cde Alice Chimbudzi (Zanu-PF) on an increase in reports of such abuses in churches.

"It is my desire to see a more effective regulatory framework in place to monitor churches," Minister Muchinguri said.

Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Deputy Minister Supa Mandiwanzira said digitalisation of broadcasting, which should be achieved  globally by June 2015, would  ensure that all areas of  Zimbabwe receive quality transmission.

He said Government was working hard to secure $30 million for digitalisation.

Mashonaland Central province Senator Damien Mumvuri had asked what Government was doing to ensure all areas received radio and television signals.

- Chronicle

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