The university community will continue to cover their noses unless a campaign to bury the dead dog carcasses is launched. The carcasses are becoming an eyesore. They are polluting the air and pose a health hazard . They are a threat to human health than live stray dogs . Last week, stray dogs were baited in a much publicized exercise. One would have thought it was some kind of vaccination against polio or de-worming among primary school children. Memos were all over the campus including the staff quarters. Public health officials were even quoted in one of the university forums emphasizing the need to get rid of the stray dogs.
Stray dogs had become a menace. The dust bins in the hostels were being overturned, spilling the rubbish all over the place. It was becoming normal to meet dogs on the pavements including the Academic Highway. The dumpsite had got regular scavengers in the name of stray dogs. The move by the health department to ‘exterminate’ these creatures was timely, one of the campus media had reported last week.
The Moi University Student Organization (MUSO), Health docket has something to show in its first two months of being in office: clearing the campus of stray dogs! But before they minute this ‘achievement’ one question remains, “Whose mandate is it to dispose the carcasses?” Some places in the campus have a pungent decomposing smell from the uncollected carcasses . The flies are having a feast. Humans bury their dead, dogs don’t but humans bury dogs . If the health authorities were interested in getting rid of stray dogs they must have cleaned the mess over the weekend.
Dogs are not the only stray animals in the campus. Cattle, cats, sheep and occasionally goats can be seen roaming around. The cats have become pirates in the ladies’ hostels. Here they are fed and cuddled in warm beds. They are only left with reproducing.
The neighbors’ cattle and sheep graze as if the university owns them. They are a nuisance to students who stay in the ‘Houses’ Hostels . A fence was erected between hostel K and Soweto, trees planted in the enclosure . The fence was to prevent cattle damaging the young trees. The enclosure is now a paddock. Walk by the road to C houses from K and you will see cattle leisurely grazing in there even at night. The cattle are also becoming a threat to clothes hung on the clothing lines and fences to dry. Students staying in the ‘Houses’ are contemplating changing their careers to livestock farming. They encounter cow dung more often than tarmac road. Next time, when the Public Health or the university wants to get rid of stray animals, let them also consider the cattle, cats, sheep and goats.