Rise in don­key thefts in Athi River

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Eastern -

Don­key thefts have in­creased in Athi River town with the con­struc­tion of the stan­dard gauge rail­way, wa­ter ven­dors have said.

The traders, who use the an­i­mals to ped­dle wa­ter in the town, es­tates and slums, yes­ter­day told the Star their don­keys were safe be­fore the project be­gan.

“The SGR project has caused us more harm than good. We have recorded great losses since its im­ple­men­ta­tion,” a trader said.

They say it is ex­pen­sive to re­place a don­key as they are sold for Sh7,000.

The traders sus­pect the don­keys are slaugh­tered and their meat sold in butcheries. This comes barely a week since Athi River res­i­dents urged the gov­ern­ment to crack the whip on un­scrupu­lous butcheries that trade in unin­spected don­key meat.

More than 11 don­key car­casses have been found in Ma­voko, four in Kathi­ani, one in Matun­gulu and sev­eral oth­ers in Mwala in the last month. This has alarmed res­i­dents.

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