Sinazongwe Veterinary officers have arrest an illegal livestock dealer and burnt all the animals he was carrying.
The arrested was effected following the suspension of the issuance of stock movement permits owing to a fast spreading disease called Pluro- pneumonia from Kazungula that has already reached Kalamo.
Sinazongwe Livestock Officer Jericho Sakwanda said the District Veterinary Officer Dr Ernest Ndalama impounded the light truck registration number AA 260 88 at Zenga where it was destined to Siansowa.
Sakwanda disclosed thatÂ Deene Simugande of Village Kasompela in Chief Mweemba area had carried one cow and six goats.
He said upon examining the animals the goats had a disease called Manje and the cow was infested with ticks.
â€œThe man was trying to move at night without any proper documentation,â€Â Sakwanda said.
The Livestock officer disclosed thatÂ Simugande had been dealing in selling of diseased animals for a long time without getting permit from veterinary officers but this time he was nabbed.
The impounded animals were burnt from Maamba in the presence of police officers after obtaining a court order from Choma magistrate.
Sakwanda said the vehicle would remain at police until further notice from the court and he has warned all cattle dealers to observe the ban that the Department of Veterinary in Southern Province had put in place to safe guard their animals.
According to the circular made available to Sinazongwe district, no live cattle would be allowed to move into and out of the Southern Province.
The ban has also been extended to district in which no cattle would be allowed to move between districts.
â€œThe department of veterinary has put the following measures to in place with immediate effect to facilitate the control of diseases,â€ the circular read.