National Assembly Leader of the Majority Amos Kimunya has announced the withdrawal of the Livestock Bill 2021 from being read in the House.
Kimunya said on Friday that the suspension comes following growing concerns across the country.
“The Livestock Bill 2021 is suspended to allow for more discussions within Government and with the stakeholders,” Kimunya said.
He added, “We just need to see what was the thinking in government in terms of bringing these issues and what amendment will be required to make the bill workable. The bill is good, it does not only cover bees but it covers other livestock.”
Part of the bill was seeking to outlaw bee farmers and others from manufacturing any animal foodstuff for sale except under the authority of a valid licence issued by the authority.
The bill also sought to punish those who disregard it with a fine of Sh500,000 or face a prison term not exceeding one year or both.
More to follow…