Anxiety as residents find donkey carcasses
By Ally Jamah
Apprehension has gripped residents of Ruai in Nairobi after three donkeys were found slaughtered in the area and may have been sold as beef in local butcheries.
By yesterday, carcasses of three donkeys were still lying in Chokaa Quarry in what is believed to be a racket to sell off the meat to unsuspecting people.
Residents said that more donkeys could have been slaughtered but carcasses carried away and disposed of in other places to conceal the crime.
"I saw the donkey carcasses on Saturday morning when I came to my farm. Somebody must have slaughtered them the previous night and transported them for sale as beef," said a worried Rose James, a farmer in the area. Other residents lamented that donkeys have been disappearing mysteriously in the area and expressed suspicion that an organised group is behind it.
"This is not the first time we see donkeys that have been slaughtered. It is a common thing. We used to have many donkeys in this area, but their numbers have dropped sharply in the recent years due to theft," said Raphael Obwocha, a resident.
The quarry appears to be a good spot for discreet activities since it is tucked away from the main road and foot traffic across it is minimal.
John Abima, another resident said many people in the area have developed strong doubt about the meat sold in local butcheries, as well as delicacies like samosas and mitura.
"We can’t be sure whether they are selling beef or donkey meat. Personally, I have stopped buying beef to escape the risk of consuming donkey meat. I only eat chicken or goat meat," he told The Standard.
Kayole OCPD Moses Lubisia said previous investigations of those behind the racket have not yielded much but promised to intensify the probe.
"I urge Kenyans to take extra care when buying meat," he said.
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