The warning follows an observation that fined residents to repeat the same mistake after their cattle are auctioned.
Consultations from three districts in the neighborhood of the barracks including Nyagatare, Gatsibo, and Kayonza came up with the decision of impounding cattle grazing in the precincts of Gabiro military barracks and auctioning them to keep the money in public coffers.
The decision reduced cows encroaching into the barracks though some pastoralists failed to comply with the order.
As he launched the campaign dubbed ‘Ukwezi kw’ibisubizo’ expected to address citizens’ problems within one month in Eastern Province, Minister Shyaka proposed tougher punishments to herders that fail to respect regulations.
“Stringent measures are meant to deter anyone intending to commit a crime. Some pastoralists graze 10 or 20 cows which are impounded and auctioned. Residents help them in restocking, surpassing numbers held before, but still, the same culprits encroach the barracks grassland again. We want to put a stop to such repeated offenses,” he said.
“We don’t want to cease your cows for auctioning again and pay fines. You can sell one or five cows if you have 50 to feed the rest other than taking the risk of encroaching the military barracks,” added Minister Shyaka.
He revealed that those who donate fined pastoralists will be punished too.
He said apart from intruding the restricted area, grazing cattle in the camp would spread Rift Valley Fever (RVF) among cows putting the area.
Residents pledged to comply with rules and reporting farmers failing to adhere.