EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: At least six cattle were killed and three injured after a truck ran into a herd between Mandinaba and Serrekundanding on Thursday. This brought the total to 23 cattle killed in a week in two accidents in Mandinaba.
Sources say the sand loaded truck was coming from Brikama end at high speed while the animals were crossing from their graze.
Eye witnesses, including the herdsman and a farmer said the driver was over speeding. The exact accident scene is a designated cattle crossing point with signs erected on both sides of the road.
On August 31, just a day before the Muslim feast of Tobaski, another truck carrying cattle from Jiboroh end ran into the Mandinaba Community Mosque and caused collateral damages.
Sources say that driver, who died days after the incident had lost control of the brake and ran into the Mosque, crushing down one side of it. Seventeen cattle died in that incident.
In last Thursday incident, one of the cows was killed with an unborn calf. “The driver was coming at a very high speed. In fact, when he hit the cattle, he couldn’t stop the car for more than 1 kilometer,’ the herdsman Amadou Jallow said.
The rate of accident is increasing on Gambian highways with majority caused by either brake failure or high speeding.
The national livestock owners association had condemned the act, saying they now have the feeling that some drivers enjoy killing animals.
‘This is just a finished issue. This point is clearly a designated animal crossing point so the driver just deliberately ran into them and kill,’ Momodou Sumareh, one the killed cattle owners.
Mr. Sumareh said with the damage of property the driver caused him; he can only negotiate for payment and nothing else.
Adama Bah, West Coast Region cattle owners’ security said they will no longer be quite while their cattle are subjected to highway killings without regards.