“Owners must take full responsibility of their animals and look after them safely so that they may not cause accidents in our roads.” These were the words of Mr Ailwei Mutele, the Manager of Traffic at Musina Municipality. Mutele was addressing livestock farmers, traditional leaders and community members during the stray animal campaign at Folovhodwe Community Hall. Reflectors were also handed over to the livestock farmers during the event.
Mutele said he is happy that the number of road accidents caused by stray animals is decreasing in the roads of Musina. “Last year we had the same campaign at Malale and we received reports that it has bared some positive fruits. We will keep on conducting these campaigns because they play a meaningful role in saving the lives of our community members.”
He said the municipality is in the process of constructing an animal pound to ease the challenge of stray animals. “We are busy with the planning and the actual structure will be hitting the ground in due course. We will also allocate the resources and manpower to consolidate the maximum operation of the pound. Besides saving lives, the pound initiative will generate funds for the municipality because those who delay in collecting their livestock will be forced to accumulate the charges depending on the stay of the animals in the pound.”
Mutele thanked the law enforcement agencies, livestock farmers and local community members for their willingness in reducing road accidents caused by stray animals. “The fact that you all decided to put everything aside to come and grace this occasion truly reflects that you are serious about saving lives in our roads.”
He said his team will work tirelessly to make sure that the local roads are safe at all times. “We will not hesitate to apply the law to all the defaulters. Our aim is to save lives and those who do not observe the law will be subjected to the disciplinary action as prescribed. We are also grateful that livestock owners are taking care of their stock although we are still concerned that there are those who do not look after theirs.”