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Suspect arrested over theft of Sh. 1 million livestock

Detectives have arrested a butcher linked to the theft of livestock in Machakos county. 

Peter Njenga alias Sonko, who operates a chain of nyama choma joints along the Eastern Bypass and other parts of the city, was arrested after forensic investigations linked him to the raid of a Maasai manyatta on December 16, last year in Athi River.

During the night raid, a herd of cattle valued at over Sh. 1 million was stolen and loaded into a waiting lorry.  

The cattle were later driven to the Dagoretti slaughterhouse, where a ready market for livestock including stolen animals thrives.

The 41-year old lives in opulence in Utawala, in the city’s outskirts.

His 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.

His butcheries that offer a Kilogram of beef at a highly discounted price of Sh. 380, were a beehive of activity when detectives raided them last evening. 

The suspect led detectives to his accomplices leading to the arrested of David Gachora, the driver of the lorry that ferried the livestock and the lorry’s owner Samuel Mwangi. 

Detectives established that he has a history of ferrying stolen livestock and has a similar case pending at the Mavoko Law courts. 

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