Kitui East MP, Hon. Nimrod Mbai is engineering a Livestock Bill for debate by the National Assembly. The measure is geared to make it an offence for pastoralists who keep moving from county to county without any stipulated authority from the relevant authorities allowing their entry into their new graze lands.
The proposed legislation is aimed to act as a penal code in restoration of justice to the long history of pastoral invasion Kitui, and thereby beats all the odds by becoming the first member of lawmaker to table such drafts before the assembly floor for consideration.
The proposed legislation seek to address rampant cattle rustling by the Somali bandits,
uncontrolled livestock movement from one county to another county with the aim of controlling livestock diseases, livestock theft and conflict over pasture and water and
consumer protection through licensing and insuring of livestock and livestock products through the ammendment of the following statutes;
1) the Penal Code- to elevate the intensity of cattle rustling offence charge to that of robbery with violence.
the Animal Diseases Act (Cap.364) to amend the Act in order to―
2) Provide for movement of livestock from one county to another county where the such movement shall be certified by the County Veterinary officer and authorized by the County Commissioner or Sub County commissioner or chief from both the County of origin and destination;
3) Provide that livestock movement permits to be issued by the Chief and certified by the Veterinary officer of the location of origin; no objection permits to be issued by the Chief and certified by Veterinary officer of the Location of destination;
4) Provision of mandatory electronic codes to be used to identify livestock from each of the 47 Counties by means of randomly inserting electronic chips in livestock.
5) To introduce a provision in the Act that will provide for cabinet secretary in charge of livestock to establish insurance cover for all animals which are branded, the cover to include; theft of the animals; effects of drought and other natural calamities.
Once the bills goes through the assembly and be assented into law, it will be a breakthrough in fight against cattle rustling and animal invasion in kenya.