02 Oct 2017 19:40pm
WINDHOEK, 02 OCT (NAMPA) Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, John Mutorwa on Monday inaugurated a five-person Appeal Board as per the Animal Health Act 01 of 2011.
The board is to consider an urgent case on the relocation of buffalo from Waterberg to Erindi Ranch, south-east of Omaruru in the Erongo Region.
Briefing the media, Mutorwa said the inauguration of the board follows a request by lawyer Sisa Namandje on behalf of Erindi Ranch who bought buffalo from Waterberg through the Ministry of Environment and Tourism and want to relocate it to the ranch.
In a response to Erindi Ranch through their representative, our argument then and still is, that maybe it is risky to take the buffalo to the ranch, said Mutorwa.
The minister emphasised that after consultation with legal practitioners, on 14 August, the ministry further responded, articulating its final position on the matter brought forward by Erindi Ranch.
However, the ministry was inundated with responses stating that the legal representative of the ranch was not satisfied with the ministrys decision. They requested the minister to evoke the Animal Health Act 01 of 2011 by inaugurating an Appeal Board to further handle the issue as prescribed by law.
We did not have a problem with their request of appointing appeal board members, as per the Namibian Constitution the rule of law and justice is for all, said Mutorwa.
The minister noted that the appeal board members will handle the issue and will make their final decision thereafter as per their mandate.
The appointed members are chairperson of the board, legal practitioner Vetu Uanivi; Meat Board member, Archie Norval; Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer, Albertina Shilongo; Head of Department for Production Animal Clinical Studies at the University of Namibias Veterinary School, Alaster Samkange and Manager of Meat Standards at the Meat Board, Anja Boshoff.
The Appeal Board provides for the prevention, detection and control of animal disease. It further provides for the maintenance and improvement of animal health and incidental matters.