On That Donkey Meat Kanairo People Crave

Police Bust Donkey Slaughtering Ring in Kiambu


Police officers in Kiambu County conducted a raid targeting a unscrupulous ring slaughtering donkeys in Kiahiti village, during the late hours of Monday, August 14.

The officers recovered seven freshly butchered donkey carcasses, which were being readied for local consumption.

According to information released by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), the police officers from Nachu police post, were acting on intelligence given to them by the public.

The officers are said to have arrived at the scene just in time to capture the vendors red-handed.

Donkeys being reared at a ranch.

However, three suspects managed to escape. However, the agency is pursuing them.

The officers suspected the meat was en route to butcheries in Kiahiti and nearby areas, destined for eventual transportation to Nairobi.

Police had received complaints from residents about unsettling noises emanating from the bushes during late hours, prompting the need for an investigation.

The police officers observed that the unscrupulous ring members intended to remove the boneless meat from the carcasses and sell it in urban areas.

City residents often find themselves paying a significant price, as the meat is deceptively presented as prime beef fillet and other boneless cuts.

For internal organs, the ring members reportedly bundle donkey intestines, kidneys, and other innards, which are sold to street food vendors across the country.

This practice primarily targets unsuspecting Kenyans, who consume street food like mutura and matumbo, without being aware of the origin of the ingredients.

In June this year, Kenyans took to the streets to protest against a plan by the government to allow donkey meat trade.

This came after Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mithika Linturi hinted at the possibility of reopening the business saying it would help create more job opportunities for the youth.

Nyama ya punda iko sawa, ya pundamilia ndio unfaa kuepukana kabisa.

Kilifi North Member of the National Assembly, Owen Baya, has raised concerns regarding the quality of food supplied in the country noting that more policies need to be established to guarantee food safety.

This disclosure was brought to light during discussions among MPs concerning the Food and Feed Safety Control Coordination Bill on Tuesday, August 15.

Baya conveyed to his fellow legislators that he possesses knowledge of a foreign billionaire who transports food from his own nation whenever he visits Kenya due to apprehensions surrounding food safety in Kenya.

Reportedly, the billionaire chooses to load his private jet with imported commodities that he then indulges in, rather than eating in Kenya.

“The tourism sector is actually losing high-end tourists because they are not sure about the safety of food in this country,” the MP lamented.

The Kilifi MP asserted that the products most significantly impacted by this issue are milk and meat.

He highlighted that a considerable number of tourists exhibit caution when considering the purchase of substandard meat or milk. These two commodities, while popular, also bear an increased susceptibility to contamination.

“Food safety means a safe country. The safety of this country is not about the army, is not about the police. The safety can also be determined by the kind of food that is supplied,” the MP asserted.

The legislator now wants the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) to intensify surveillance to ensure all goods supplied in the country are safe and meet the required standards.

He emphasized that substandard foods present a significant peril to the well-being of Kenyan citizens, urging the government to tackle this concern with heightened urgency.

The MP highlighted that school-going children face an elevated vulnerability to consuming unsafe food and advocated for the implementation of more rigorous measures to oversee and standardize school food.

Other MPs called out unscrupulous food vendors who take advantage of the lack of strict testing policies, to sell sub-standard foods.

Currently, parliamentarians are deliberating whether to approve the Food and Feed Safety Control Coordination Bill. If passed, this legislation could establish a safety policy aimed at regulating food standards.