Residents of villages in Nyakach, Kisumu County woke up to a mysterious ordeal, over 100 cows dropped dead.
The people of Asawo and Rangol location had lost a total of 75 and 70 cows respectively by Tuesday afternoon, March 27.
One of the farmers who endured the loss, Joshua Otieno, said he went to his cowshed at around 10pm after he heard some strange noises coming from the cattle.
“As I moved closer to the cowshed, one of the cows had already dropped on the ground. Before long, another had already dropped. We tried to save them but it was not possible. Within minutes 10 cows had died”, Otieno told reporters.
“We are shocked. We have used the same grazing fields since time immemorial and we have never witnessed such an incident”, he added.
Samson Odhiambo, another farmer, living only 50 meters away, narrated similar tribulation.
“It was a case of one cow collapsing after another, and I counted them as they died. It is sad because this is my only source of livelihood,” expressed Samson sadly.
The cows were reported to have developed walking difficulties after leaving the grazing fields, white foam oozing from their mouths and watery discharge could be seen coming out of their anus.
The Area Member of County Assembly, Rashid Miruka, called upon the relevant authorities to help investigate the incident.
Agriculture and livestock Executive, Gilchrist Okuom, said he had already responded to the matter.
Ruth Odinga, Kisumu Director of special programmes also told the reporters that her office had sent an excavator to help bury the dead cows.
Police in the area asked the members to keep away from the carcasses till they had been properly buried.
The real cause of death, however, still remains unknown, even though a section of the villagers made allegations that the cows could have grazed on grass sprayed with chemicals.
By George Ogallo