Two suspects were caught after they were found killing donkeys in a thicket in Ndeiya, Kiambu County, and over 30 fresh donkey bodies were found nearby.

Patrick Muiruri, 29, and Elizabeth Wangeci, 32, were arrested, and two vehicles used in the transportation of the flesh in gunny bags were impounded.

This followed a raid at the scene of the slaughter, located in an open field within a thicket in Rwasumali village, where the beast of burden is slaughtered before finding its way to butcheries and meat spots in the city.

DCI impound donkey meat

After slaughtering the animals, the unscrupulous traders extract boneless meat from the animal’s carcass, which is sold exorbitantly to meat lovers in the city, disguised as beef fillets and other boneless chops.

The traders also package the donkey's intestines, kidneys, and other internal organs, which are sold to outlets that sell the popular roadside delicacy Mutura, supu, and matumbo.

The raid follows numerous complaints by residents in Limuru and its environs about the disappearance of donkeys, which detectives have since established find their way to the dinner tables of hapless city residents.

The two suspects are currently in custody at the Ndeiya police station, being processed for arraignment.

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