Popular Kenyan butcher arrested for cattle theft
Kenyan police have arrested a popular butcher, Peter Njenga, alias Sonko, for cattle theft.
In a statement issued by the Criminal Investigations Directorate on Saturday, police said the butcher, who operates a chain of Nyama Choma restaurants along the eastern ring road, was arrested after being linked to the disappearance of cattle in the neighboring county of Machakos.
Maina’s arrest came after numerous complaints from herders based on the Athi River, following an increase in livestock disappearances in recent months.
After being grilled since Saturday night, the suspect led detectives to his accomplices in the multi-million cattle rustling industry. Among those arrested are the driver of the truck transporting the cattle, David Gachora, and the owner of the truck, Samuel Mwangi.
The statement read in part: “Peter Njenga alias Sonko was arrested after forensic investigations linked him to the raid of a Masai manyatta on December 16 last year at Athi River, Machakos County.
“During the raid staged in the middle of the night, a herd of cattle worth over a million shillings was stolen and loaded onto a waiting truck.
“Detectives from the elite Crime Research and Intelligence Bureau, as well as detectives based on the Athi River, have since established that the cattle were taken to the Dagoretti Slaughterhouse, where a ready market thrives. livestock, including stolen animals. In some cases, animals are slaughtered in the bush and transported directly to popular butchers in town.
“The 41-year-old mastermind of the illegal trade that has left herders destitute lives in opulence in Utawala, on the outskirts of town. The suspect is an established butcher who operates Nyama Choma restaurants scattered across the city.
“They are strategically located along the eastern ring road of Utawala and Ruiru towns, where townspeople and revelers frequent to enjoy mouth-watering Nyama Choma and other accompaniments.
“As you might expect, the suspect’s butcher shops which offer a kilogram of beef at a deeply discounted price of 380 shillings were a hive of activity when detectives raided them last night.
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