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Row as seven more donkeys butchered

RIFT VALLEY
By - | September 13th 2012

By ANTONY GITONGA

Water vendors and butchery operators in Naivasha clashed after another seven donkeys were found slaughtered.

The move elicited anger from the water vendors who use donkeys in their services. They argued that the rise of such cases would render them jobless.

Trouble started after the carcasses of the donkeys were found slaughtered along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway.

This brought to 30 the number of donkeys slaughtered in Naivasha in the last two weeks with fingers pointing to a cartel ferrying the meat to Nairobi and Kiambu.

According to one of the donkey owners, James Mwangi, he had tethered his two animals near his home but later on they went missing.

Mr Mwangi told how he stumbled on seven donkeys slaughtered near the busy road.

“This is my only source of livelihood and we call on the police to investigate this matter and arrest those behind this illegal trade,” he said.

Concern

Another water seller, Peter Ndung’u, expressed concern that the meat could be sold to unsuspecting customers.

Following the incident, Naivasha District Public Health Officer Samuel King’ori called a meeting on Friday with security personnel and stakeholders to address the issue.

He said they were working on ways to prevent more killings.

“The ban on selling of samosa and mutura is still on and we are out to get this cartel that is breaking the law,” Mr King’ori said.

Last week four donkeys were found slaughtered near Kihoto estate and the meat carted away.

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