By Lesley Moyo
A Matabeleland South Senate representative, Senator Alma Baloyi-Mkhwebu has called for Government intervention in the province to curb rampant cattle rustling.
The province is known for cattle ranching but over the years successive droughts and stock theft has caused a drastic reduction in numbers.
Contributing to the motion of President Robert Mugabe’s speech in parliament recently, the senator said cattle brand marks should be computerised for easy identification.
“Madam President, I would also want to speak about corruption, I would like to urge this House to look into the issue of cattle rustling. I plead that there be brand marks for cattle for each district so as to solve this problem’ said Senator Mkhwebu.
“I plead that each brand be computerised so that people may know which district the cattle belong to. I am pleading with the whole nation on this issue as it is rife in the nation.”
Sen Mkhwebu also said local authorities are to blame for the dwindling cattle numbers.
“There is a law that is used by councils, these councils keep cattle for three months and then they sell them if the owners do not come and claim them. As a result the number cattle in Gwanda has declined because they sale cattle after three months,” he said.
Most councils confiscate stray cattle and sell them through auctions if not claimed by owners.