The Star (Nairobi)

31 January 2013

Kenya: Kieni's Fury After Cows, Donkeys Killed in Forest

KIENI residents have accused the Kenya Forest Service guards of killing three donkeys and two cows. The more than 100 resident said the guards shot the animals dead after they found them grazing Mt Kenya forest.

Another donkey was injured during the incident. They demanded more than Sh 200,000 from the KFS as compensation. The residents also demanded the immediate transfer of the all KFS officers in the forest saying they are involved in illegal logging.

They said the guards killed the animals to cover up their illegal activities. "We are tired of these officers. They harass even women and recently they assaulted a woman after she resisted their sexual overtures," said Peris Wanjiru, a resident.

Another resident, Nderitu Gachagua ,said they will demonstrate if the owners of the cows and donkeys are not compensated. He said the families rely on the animals for livelihood.

Another resident, James Mathenge, said the officers must be charged with misusing their guns. "We are giving the government four days to act. If nothing is done we will protest until justice is done. Why shoot dead innocent animals?" he added.

He said illegal logging in the forest must be investigated and culprits charged. The residents urged animal rights groups to protest over the killing of the animals.

Nyeri police boss Kirunya Limbitu, who visited the scene, said investigations. He said those who killed the animals will face "the full force of the law".

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