Police enforcing curfew orders in Kitui town have complained over the number of goats invading the streets during curfew hours.
The security officers say there has been a worrying increase in the number of goats that move around in the streets but disappear as early as 4 AM.
According to an administration police officer who spoke to The Daily Statesman and sought anonymity, there were no goats in the town before the President gave the curfew order but they come out at 8 p.m. and disappear before dawn.
“Earlier before you couldn’t see any goat at night but it’s shocking that during such a time the government is imposing a curfew order, you encounter them most in groups of five to six in across all the streets in the town”, she said.
She added that despite warnings to residents through Nyumba Kumi officials asking them to lock up their domestic animals at night, their numbers have increased.
” We have asked the residents living in the outskirts of the town through Nyumba Kumi and local administration officers to ensure their animals don’t go out in the night but we’ve not succeeded.” The officer added.
According to the security officers, the streets being invaded by a high number of goats are Kilungya, Mbusyani road, Kunda Kindu, Bondeni, Majengo, and Mosquito Estate.
questions and concerns ha also been raised among security officers as to why and where to the goats go during day time only to be seen in the night.
According Joseph Makau, a resident of Mosquito estate, they have only heard from the Nyumba Kumi official but have not seen the goats as alleged by police officers.
” It is true we’ve been told that the police keel encountering a high number of goats at night, however, we’ve never seen ourselves only reports by the local administration.
Mr. Makau added that the police should place any goat they see in their custody for the owners to be known.
” Instead of them complaining, why don’t they take those goats to the Police Station and wait for the owners to look for them? ” He asked.
In early April, the government intensified its operations in the area to enforce the curfew order after Kitui Country reported its first confirmed case of Corona Virus Disease ( COVID-19).
The patient was a priest who had traveled to Italy but failed to isolate himself upon arriving in the country.
It was reported that he had at least 50 contacts among them Boda Boda operators and staff at Magunas supermarket.
The reports of the first COVID-19 case in Kitui caused panic among residents while the government moved in speed to counter the further spread of the deadly disease.