Why the Nakuru ‘cat-man’ was sentenced

Many Kenyans and more so those from Nakuru have questioned why the Nakuru man who admitted skinning 1000 cats and selling to samosas vendors was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment.

Those questioning why this cat-man was sentenced…get this…..According to the Meat Control Act and public health descriptions, it is dangerous to eat un-inspected meat and meat from animals not prescribed to be food animals, a cat is not a food animal according to the Meat Control Act.

“The accused is sentenced by his own plea, he is to serve 2 years on the first count with a Sh 200,000 fine and on the second count a fine of Sh 50,000 or an imprisonment of one year,” Ruled Mararo.

In admitting the offense, Kimani prayed for leniency claiming that he had been offered a job to deliver the cat meat at higher prices.

“I was not aware it was wrong to slaughter the cats in an open ground adding that he could have done his business in the forests.” Said Kimani.

He has been selling the meat to unsuspecting Samosa vendors and hotels within town.

Kimani pleaded guilty to a charge of exposing a carcass of a cat by slaughtering the animal which was not fit for human consumption.

According to the charge sheet, he was alleged that on June 25, within Nakuru Town willingly slaughtered a cat for purpose of human consumption.

In the second count, he was charged with slaughtering the animal in undesignated open place contrary to section 2 of the meat control act.

PHOTO/Pristone Mambili:James Kimani before Nakuru Law courts.