Residents of Malili sub-location, in Kilome region, Makueni County have threatened to hunt-down people who have been mimicking sounds of hyenas, instilling fear among locals before going ahead to steal and slaughtering their livestock.
Some of the residents whose animals have been stolen and slaughtered say that the trend has been happening since the year 2007 but off late they have come to establish that the that the sounds from the “laughing hyenas” have been originating from thieves who have been terrorizing them.
Wilson King’ele from Kwa Care village says that whenever the “hyenas” invade their animals must be stolen and slaughtered with the meat being transported by waiting vehicles.
“We recently realized that when the “hyenas” attack, our animals are either stolen or slaughtered, I now fear that the only cow am currently depending on for milk might go any time. I don’t sleep, its bows and arrows throughout the night,” said King’ele.
A few weeks back, four cows were slaughtered in Kautandini village and their carcasses dumped in a bush.
The cows’ owner Winfred Musembi told the standard that the criminals have been for long killing their cows, taking certain meat cuts.
“The thugs have a trick of slaughtering stolen animals, taking certain meat cuts they want and dumping the rest of the carcass behind. They then load the meat to waiting vehicles which have no number plates and connect to Mombasa road which is near. Why they prefer doing this is to ensure they are not caught with the entire animal,” said Ms. Musembi.
No arrests have been made in connection with the massive livestock theft and slaughter.