Thursday, July 19, 2007

Donkeys in nappies upset Kenyan traders

LIMURU - Donkey owners in the Kenyan town of Limuru are angry over an order from the local authorities that their animals must wear nappies.

The BBC reports that local donkey owners have accused the authorities of making an ass of themselves and will fight the order.

"If we have to put nappies on our donkeys, soon they will say our cows need them too," one donkey owner said.

Limuru's mayor, James Kuria, insisted, "We must come up with a way to make sure that the droppings are not a nuisance."

Donkey owner, Kimani Gathugu, who lives in the town some 50km north-west of the capital, Nairobi, said, "Donkeys are very important. Not many people have cars in the area and the donkeys serve as a mode of transport."

Water trader Simon Kamau, said, "In all the three years I have been in this business, I have never tied a nappy on a donkey.

"The problem is that the donkey can give you a fatal kick. I was once kicked by a donkey and it broke my leg.

"What the council should do is come to us traders and show us how to tie the nappies on the donkeys."

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