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Madagascar: Thieves of zebus soon be considered as terrorist by Malagasy law




Madagascar: Thieves of zebus soon be considered as terrorist by Malagasy law
While the thieves of zebus (dahalo) suffered heavy losses from recent days, in the region of Fort Dauphin in southern Madagascar, with more than a hundred of dahalo killed by villagers as well as 37 dahalo shot dead by gendarmes, the Minister of the Interior, Florent Rakotoarisoa, wants to permanently eradicate the thieves of zebus in Madagascar.

Florent Rakotoarisoa pointed out that his ministry is thus working on an upcoming legislation that would allow the qualification of "terrorists" against dahalo and could be sentenced to heavy necessarily dissuasive sentences, as related Madagascar-tribune.com.

Thieves of zebus heavily armed during their raids, have stepped up attacks against herds of cattle in the Fort Dauphin region, with more than 4,700 cattle stolen since the beginning of 2013.

 As a reminder, in late December 2012, the Government of Transition stopped the Tandroka operation (note: take the bull by the horns), which began in September 2012 against the dahalo.

The mare of Remenabila, historic leader of dahalo and considered public enemy No. 1 continues in the Fort Dauphin.
 
Zebu theft comes from old Malagasy traditions still strongly rooted in the hinterland.
 
Symbolically representing manhood before marriage the Mafia gangs have thus diverted from its original meaning, replacing it with a very lucrative criminal trade.



Antso Rajaona


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