Uasin Gishu County Government has ordered for the closure of all private slaughterhouses in the county.
Speaking during the Jamhuri Day celebrations at 64 stadium, Uasin Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno said the closure of private slaughterhouses will make it easier for government officers to monitor livestock being slaughtered for human consumption.
This comes just a week after public health officials busted a group of unscrupulous traders at Kampi Somali ferrying 12 cows, four dead, to a nearby abattoir for slaughter.
Chemno said the closure will prevent dead and sickly animals being slaughtered and distributed to various eateries and butcheries for consumption.
The Deputy Governor also expressed concerns over an increase in cases of livestock theft in the county. He said a number of measures are being enforced to curb the menace.
“We are now making it mandatory that anyone transporting livestock must not only have a letter from the veterinary services but also a confirmation from the area chief authorising the transportation of the livestock,” he said.
His sentiments were echoed by the County Commissioner Abdi Hassan who also put on notice unscrupulous traders who sell dead and sickly animals to slaughterhouses.
“Those selling dead or sickly cows, we are coming for you. We will not allow this kind of business to go on,” warned Hassan.