“Zipewe Huduma Namba pia” Savage reactions to Uganda issuing Birth Certificates to Cattle

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Photo; Ankole long horned-cattle from Uganda/courtesy

It has been a really bad day for Ugandan Authorities after they announced plans to start issuing birth certificates to cattle.

Netizens have capitalized on the information to attack Uganda authorities for misplaced priorities.But is that really the case?

The Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries ,Mr Vincent Ssempijja stated that this move will help the authorities race their products.

Photo; Uganda President Yoweri Museveni during the past function/courtesy

“Farmers will be registered and their products given barcodes so that if they find a problem with one box, they look for the source and sort out the problem. We cannot enter lucrative markets unless farmers register, Ssempijja stated while opening of the National Agricultural Show in Jinja, southern Uganda.

“For cattle farmers, it is going to be worse. You will be registered as a farmer, the cow will be registered, numbered and will have a birth certificate because the importers of our products demand meat for cows aged between 15 to 24 months. So we are going to sell [the meat] depending on their age,” he added.

But this information has been interpreted otherwise by most social media users.

Twitter user by the name Calvin Omar has asked the Ugandan authorities to even extend the process by giving the cattle Huduma Namba.

“Zipewe Huduma Numba pia..”Omar stated.

Ironically some people have associated this punitive call by Ugandan authorities as the effect of using Cannabis Sativa (Bhang). This is largely because it sounds so much strange especially in Kenya where getting birth certificate is an uphill task.

“Effects za bangi zimeanza,” One twitter user retorted.

Some People have gone ahead to ask if that is fake news or it is the truth of the matter.
“I am reading this correctly?” Ayoub Hassan asked.

However as much as people bash Ugandan authorities for what it looks like a foolish directive, but in real sense it is going to work for them especially in International markets.
President Yoweri Museveni, in a message delivered by Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda insisted on the need of registering of cattle.
“People want to know what they are buying to eat, where it is coming from, its quality and what they are spending their money on. Registering farmers is a major requirement; we cannot do without it and if we ignore it, we will lose to competition in the international market,” he said.


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