Donkey owners and associated groups attended this year’s national donkey day in Kitengela today where Brooke East Africa announced a community competition for donkey protection.
Making the announcement of the competition, Samuel Theuri of Kajiado County Government said winners of the competition across the counties of Nakuru, Kajiado, Narok, Kiambu and Nyandarua will win monetary awards.
Theuri said the overall winner will go home with Sh200, 000 followed by Sh100, 000 in the second position while third place will take Sh60, 000.
The community competition for donkey protection action dubbed “Linda Punda Ushinde Challenge” will give a chance to donkey welfare groups registered by relevant authorities to compete.
Prizes will be given to outstanding innovative, implementable and local solutions to donkey theft.
The competition will run from May 17 to July 7, 2017 and deadline for submission of application ends on June 23.
The county (Kajiado) director of veterinary services, Dr. Jacktone Achola, said cases of donkey theft and slaughter in the region is alarming.
“I have suspended issuance of movement of donkeys on foot and only those ferrying their donkeys to designated areas will be issued with permits,” said Achola.
During the Kitengela celebrations, there was demonstration of best donkey husbandry practices that included de-worming, vaccination, treatment, grooming, linking of donkey owners and service providers.
Others who attended and addressed participants included; chairman, Kenya veterinary association, Dr. Samuel Kahariri, chair Kenya veterinary board, Dr. Mwenda Mbaka and a representative of veterinary services director, Dr. Kisa Ngeiwa.