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Following an operation at a private slaughterhouse in Eldoret where six carcarses and 4 weakly cows were discovered, The county government has closed all individually owned slaughter houses in the county.
Uasin Gishu Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno on Wednesday said the decision has been made so as to make it easier for the monitoring of the livestock being slaughtered for human consumption.
Speaking during the Jamhuri Day celebrations at the 64 stadium in Eldoret town, Chemno further expressed concerns over increased livestock theft cases in the county.
“This has not been a problem for us but it is slowly coming back,” Chemno said.
Anyone transporting a cow or sheep will not only be required to have a letter from the veterinary services but also a confirmation from the area chief allowing the transport of the livestock.
Flagging the move by the county administration, Uasin Gishu County Commissioner Abdi Hassan put on notice unscrupulous traders who sell dead cows to slaughterhouses.
“Those selling dead or weakly cows, we’re coming for you. We will not allow this kind of business to go on,” noted Hassan.
The Deputy Governor read Governor Jackson Mandago’s speech which outlined various development projects his administration is rolling out in various sectors among them Health, Education, Tourism, Cooperatives, Water and Agriculture among others.
Ag County Secretary Edwin Bett, CEC PSM and Devolution Barnabas Tarus, CEC Lands Eng. Nelson Maritim, Ag. CO Administration Wilson Sawe, CO Lands Ruth Chelashaw and other county officials were on attendance.