Otjombinde under animal quarantine

12 Feb 2014 15:50pm
TALISMANUS, 12 FEB (NAMPA) - The movement of animals in and out of the Omaheke Region’s Otjombinde Constituency has been restricted as a result of a quarantine imposed in the area.
The quarantine follows reports of suspected stolen cattle which were allegedly driven into the constituency from Botswana at an undesignated border crossing.
The Otjombinde Constituency borders Botswana on its southern and eastern side.
According to information availed to Nampa, two suspects allegedly drove three cows into the country from Botswana, most probably by cutting the border fence, on Tuesday.
Although the suspects have been arrested and await their court appearances, the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) has only managed to locate and confiscate one of the suspected stolen cows.
Confirming the ban on animal movements in the area, Otjinene State veterinarian Dr Bernard Chiwome told this news agency on Wednesday that the ban will be in place for an indefinite time, pending the location of the remaining two cows.
“I can confirm that the area of Otjombinde, including Eiseb, is indeed under quarantine. We need to locate the remaining two cows before we can clear the area of any possible outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease. For now, the area remains under quarantine,” he said.
The police are expected to set up roadblocks in and around the Otjombinde Constituency soon to monitor the movement of meat and meat products, sources at Talismanus have confirmed.
The Botswana district bordering Namibia has been proclaimed as an area of high presence of foot-and-mouth disease amongst animals, and any animal crossing over into another district thus needs to initially be placed under quarantine.