A butcher operating a chain of Nyama Choma eateries along the eastern bypass has been arrested after he was linked to the disappearance of livestock in nearby Machakos county.
Peter Njenga alias Sonko was arrested by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) after forensic investigations linked him to the raid of a Masai manyatta on 16th December last year in Athi River.
“During the raid staged in the dead of the night, a herd of cattle valued at over Ksh1 million was stolen and loaded into a waiting lorry,” the DCI said in a statement.
Detectives from the elite Crime Research and Intelligence Bureau, together with Athi River based sleuths have established that the cattle were driven to the Dagoretti slaughterhouse, where a ready market for livestock including stolen animals thrives.
“In some instances, the animals are slaughtered in the bush and ferried straight to popular meat joints in the city,” the DCI added.
According to detectives the 41-year-old mastermind of the illegal trade that has left livestock keepers destitute, lives in opulence in Utawala, in the city’s outskirts.
The suspect is an established butcher who operates nyama choma eateries, scattered across the city.
The eateries are located at strategic places along the eastern bypass in Utawala and Ruiru towns, where city residents and revelers frequent to enjoy mouth-watering nyama choma and other accompaniments.
The suspect’s butcheries that offer a Kilogram of beef at a highly discounted price of Ksh380, were a beehive of activity when detectives raided them on Friday evening.
Maina’s arrest came after numerous complaints from Athi River based herders, following an increase in livestock disappearance over the past few months.
“After being grilled since last night, the suspect has led detectives to his accomplices in the multi-million livestock theft industry. Among the arrested is the driver of the lorry that ferried the livestock David Gachora and the lorry’s owner Samuel Mwangi,” stated the DCI.
“After checking out Gachora’s details in our criminal database, detectives established that he has a history of ferrying stolen livestock and has a similar case pending at the Mavoko Law Courts.”
Detectives further noted that more arrests will follow.