Water Vendors Protest Slaughter Of Their Donkeys

The vendors raided several houses in Kabati estate where they set on fire household items belonging to suspects said to be behind the illegal trade.

Trouble after five donkeys were stolen and slaughtered along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway.

Incidentally, three suspects arrested a fortnight ago by police after they were found slaughtering donkeys had two days earlier been released on bond by a Naivasha court.

The vendors turned their fury on the suspects’ belongings in Kabati estate after holding a demonstration along the streets of Naivasha carrying carcasses of the donkeys.

Police arrested five of the water vendors while others managed to escape.


One of the vendors said that they were losing at least three donkeys every week and questioned the move to release the suspects on bond.

He said that the five donkeys were stolen in Kabati estate and had been missing for the last two days before their carcasses were found along the highway.

A senior police officer who declined to be named confirmed the incident but condemned the move by the vendors to raid houses of the suspects.

“We have laws in place to govern such cases. The vendors should have informed the police rather than acting in the manner they did," he said.

Two weeks ago, three suspects found slaughtering two stolen cows and a donkey were arrested and arraigned in court.

Last year, Africa's fist donkey slaughterhouse was approved in Kenya to meet the exploding demand for donkey meat in China.

Naivasha was set to host the slaughterhouse.

The slaughterhouse was estimated to cost Ksh 15 million and sought to process donkey meat from Kenya and the rest of the world.


By Maureen Murimi and Karanja Kimani 

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