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Two nabbed escorting six donkeys to slaughterhouse

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By By Antony Gitonga | June 7th 2013

By Antony Gitonga 

Naivasha, Kenya: Police in Naivasha have arrested two people suspected to be behind the slaughter of donkeys in the region.

The two were arrested in sanctuary farm in Kedon ranch in Naivasha as they escorted six donkeys to a slaughterhouse.

Angry members of public threatened to lynch the suspects after admitting that they have been engaging in the business and a swift action by the police saved the lives of the duo.

According to the donkey owner Joseph Mundolol, the two had used a small boy to drive the donkeys into the bushes.

“They paid the minor Sh200 to drive the donkeys into the bushes but we managed to nab them,” he said.

Mundolol said that they managed to recover knives, ropes, aprons soaked in blood and gunny bags used to carry the meat.

“The two suspects are well-known here as casual laborers and they have confessed to slaughtering some donkeys on order from some traders,” he said.

Naivasha deputy OCPD Paul Korir said that the two were being held at Kongoni police station.

“They are assisting us with investigations into these cases which have left many baffled and they will be arraigned in court”, he said.

Two days ago, residents of Kamere were left in shock after waking up to find carcasses of six donkeys by the roadside.

“The meat had been carried away and what remained were just the bones and the internal organs,” said a witness.

In the last couple of months, over 100 donkeys have been slaughtered in the town and its suburbs under unclear circumstances.

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