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Court quashes ban on donkey slaughter

By Antony Gitonga | May 6th 2021
In their application before the High Court, Star Brilliant sought a judicial review of the legal notice.  [Courtesy]

Proprietors of donkey slaughterhouses have a reason to smile after the High Court quashed a ban on the slaughter of the animals.

This follows a successful application by Star Brilliant Slaughterhouse that sought to bar Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya and Attorney General Kihara Kariuki from enforcing a legal notice that banned slaughtering of donkeys.

In February 2020, Munya directed the management of slaughterhouses to stop their operations following concern that the donkey population was on a sharp decline.

Other than the Naivasha-based Star Brilliant, other slaughterhouses that were affected by the ban were Goldox Kenya (Mogotio), Silzha (Turkana) and Fuhai (Machakos).

In their application before the High Court, Star Brilliant sought a judicial review of the legal notice.

Under a certificate of urgency, Star Brilliant noted that they had already received a notice from the State to stop their operations despite investing millions of shillings in the project.

In his ruling, Justice Richard Mwongo noted that the AG and the CS failed to file a response to the application challenging the legal notice.

He also noted that the legal notice violated the rights of Star Brilliant which has been operating in the country for over five years.

“The State has failed to sufficiently defend this case and this court quashes the Legal Notice 63 of 2020 as it violates the rights of Star Brilliant under Article 47 of the Constitution,” he ruled.

The judge further noted that the State, through the office of the AG, had failed to respond to issues raised by the applicant.

Through lawyer Wairegi Kiarie, owners of the facility told the court their export license had been cancelled following the ban and that they could not also sell their product locally. 


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