Zimbabwe News and Internet Radio

Zimbabwe’s first donkey abattoir set for completion end of this month….. police, govt raise concerns

By Kiyapili Sibanda

The Government and the police have expressed reservations on the opening of a donkey abattoir in Umguza amid fears that the meat might be sold locally.

Justina Lumsden streses a point to the Deputy Minister Deputy Minister of Agriculture (Livestock) Cde Paddy Zhanda while National Anti-Stock theft Unit Co-ordinator Senior Assistant Erasmus Makodza listens during a tour of Acacia Donkey Abbatoir in Bulawayo yesterday.

A local company, Battlefront Investments is building a $150 000 donkey abattoir, the first in the country that will have the capacity to dress more than 70 animals a day.

Recently, the company’s managing director Mr Gareth Lumsden said their abattoir is set to be completed by end of this month.

He said they have since started buying donkeys for slaughter.

Yesterday, Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Deputy Minister responsible for Livestock, Paddy Zhanda said eating donkey meat is taboo in Zimbabwe and from a Government point of view, they want assurance that the donkey meat would not find its way into the local market.

The Deputy Minister said this during a visit to the abattoir with a delegation that included Ministry officials and members of the Police Anti-Stock Theft Unit.

“There is a lobby group that is totally against this abattoir and Government’s position is that donkey meat cannot be consumed in Zimbabwe. We therefore want assurance that this donkey meat will not find its way into local butcheries,” said Zhanda.

He said members of the public wanted Government to protect them from the risk of consuming donkey meat without their knowledge.

“We therefore have an obligation to put measures in place to ensure donkey meat is not sold in local butcheries.

The National co-coordinator of the police anti stock theft Senior Assistant Commissioner Erasmus Makodza said many farmers had raised concern after learning of the planned opening of the donkey abattoir.

He said farmers feel that their donkeys would be stolen.

“Generally when we are on our ordinary awareness campaigns we deal with livestock farmers.

‘‘Farmers are now worried that there will be an upsurge in thefts of donkeys,” said Snr Ass Comm Makodza.

He said there was also concern that some meat would find its way to the local market.

A representative of the company said they were eying a ready market in China and no donkey meat will find its way into the local market.

Yesterday’s visit by the Deputy Minister and his delegation to the abattoir comes a week after animal conservationists criticised the planned slaughter of donkeys for commercial purposes.

The conservationists made the remarks in a joint statement by Aware Trust Zimbabwe, Veterinarians for Animal Welfare Zimbabwe, Lupane Youth for Development Trust, the Zimbabwe National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Spana.

“It is with grave concern that the above organisations have learned about the proposed donkey abattoir in Matabeleland, Zimbabwe. We would like to highlight the possible socio-economic, animal welfare and environmental consequences that might result from such a venture, and enlighten the Zimbabwean public on the experience of other countries that have licensed donkey abattoirs in Africa. Given that the global donkey population is only 44 million, this insatiable demand is simply not sustainable,” the statement said.

“Zimbabwe has an estimated population of 150 000 donkeys, spread over the communal areas where they are an integral part of community life. The proposed abattoir in Matabeleland has an ability to process 70 animals per day. If supply met demand, using 300 working days per year, the population of donkeys could be decreased by 21 000 donkeys per year.”

The conservationists said housed in unhabituated groups, donkeys suffer from a stress-induced condition called hyper-lipemia, which can kill them.

“There is no ethically acceptable method of intensively farming donkeys and the demand for the skin trade far exceeds the rate at which they can be produced.

“While some local farmers may benefit from the short-term sale of their donkeys, they are unlikely to be aware of the long-term consequences of this trade. The importance of the working donkey to communal farmers cannot be overstated,” the organisations added. The Chronicle

  • Bull shit

    • Nelia

      Ini ndirimuKaranga wekuMasvingo uko, ndinotoda kutomboridya dongi racho…….vasingadi kuridya ngavarege..And also provide reasons why donkey meat should not be eaten

  • ndo chiiko chatirikuitirwa ichi,ma China enyu aya

    • mapuwei madzihwa

      The Chinese were brought by Mugabe to steal 15 billion and gold.The Chinese are allowed to beat black Zimbabwe and no one should ask why.
      I thought people should complain donkey meat and muslims school in Zimbabwe.

  • eww donkey meat😂😂

  • Banana Republic

  • Dont think kune vanodya donkey meat in Zim

  • The world is ours and everythin in it ..donkey meat??!? Well bring it on..

  • Donkey meat is edible let the project proceed that adds value to donkey breeders. Donkey meat is not poisonous

    • Human meat is edible too canned humans next?? 😖

    • Human meat is edible too canned humans next?? 😖

    • I Will eat it as long as they add salt netumafuta 🤣🤣🤣

    • I Will eat it as long as they add salt netumafuta 🤣🤣🤣

  • Inzara iyo…vanhu vachapedzisira vakudyanana

  • zim government is very rubbish , kana nyika isina zvekuita unoona panonyuka zvinhu zvinoshoresa chete nyama yedonkey ichii muzimbabwe , mombe dzapera here mbudzi nezvimwe zvipfuyo , Mugabe urimbwa tswina yemunhu kana vada izvozvo enda kuBotswana

  • Whites/pinks always up to no good.

  • Who approved it in the first place?

  • Let those who eat have it.

  • What’s wrong with that? Anoda kutenga can buy. Handiti inenge yakanyorwa. We ate ostrich, crocodile etc

    • kumbozvitireiko

    • Camel , horses zvese zvinodyiwa
      Mukaka wacho unotodyiwa futi
      Every wild animal inodyiwa
      Asingade anoregera ka nhai

    • Camel , horses zvese zvinodyiwa
      Mukaka wacho unotodyiwa futi
      Every wild animal inodyiwa
      Asingade anoregera ka nhai

  • This definately marks the end of the donkey specie .hve not heard or seen where these animals ae being reared commercially

    • having an abb means great rearing opportunities. they provide technical expertise in their commercial breeding branch. so why worry much. in cattle production have you noticed that communal farmers produce and sell more than commercial farmers

    • kkkk lets wait and see brother

  • That’s evil. Jesus was traveling with a donkey which means it must be used to help us with daily jobs.

  • inotutuma furo nyama iyi zvokwadi kuita kunge derere chairo ahhh

  • Regai vanodya vadye. Meant for export futi.

  • Next its dog meat with these Chinese

  • Mwana wemrungu afunga mari mu Chingoti Lacoste G40

  • Mugabe vaora pfungwa iwee , vabva muzvihuta hee zvorapa AID hee zvozodii aa iwee shiri dzatakakura tichiona nhasi zvashamisa aa, chero kuBotswana vanodya madonkey vakanzwa kuchinzi kune abattoir yema donkey , vadhakwa iwee chibva pachigaro nyika yakuku kurira , pfungwa dzadzoka kuita dzemwana ve2 yrs

  • To my knowledge a donkey wasn’t for being eaten , even in the verses of the bible i didn’t ever read such a thing. As Zimbabweans we have to copy good doings from other countries

    • Neither are most foods we eat, I could be wrong, but the world “chicken” never even got a mention in the bible, so consumption of chicken could be out of the question

    • Neither are most foods we eat, I could be wrong, but the world “chicken” never even got a mention in the bible, so consumption of chicken could be out of the question

    • Kkkkk

    • Kkkkk

    • Pork munodya wani

    • Pork munodya wani

    • bvapo nebhaibheri rako. gore riya Strive aida kutanga cell network mukaramba… nhasi muripi

  • I am also busy planning kutigadzira Donkey flavour royco now

  • You still think it’s propaganda Nkululeko Freedom Kwidini?

  • Kutakura ngwena huyida.

  • Why now kubatana nemadongi ?? Those who want to take donkeys as meat they have to secretly . I am requesting our Government not to authorize this in our country ( Zimbabwe ), Lets treat a donkey as our servant not meat

  • Gone to the dogs …

  • Nyama ngaidyiwe

  • Back to Eden. What do you expect either Chinese that have flooded our continent at large – Africa.

  • Its very funny when people discuss about donkeys the whole nation kikikkk. You don’t keep donkeys neither do you want to be associated with them yet you cry foul. A donkey is just like any other animal goat, sheep, cow etc. The problem is that we are jealousy, we always want to pull down a great idea. Donkey meat is for export we are not forcing people to buy. The donkey skin is selling at between $400 and $500 in Asia hence more foreign currency. When you kill your cattle, pigs and chickens in abattoir who complains?? If you need to breed donkeys go to Mutoko, one donkey is $25. Buy as many as you want aaaaaah. People are more like donkey concerned citizens as if you care for them. The donkeys are mostly neglected and despised in this country. The only time you recognise them is on Christmas. Leave us so that we keep, slaughter and sell our donkey meat , pricey skins. Thank you

    • I don’t think I could have said it any better.

    • I don’t think I could have said it any better.

    • sadly you seem not to care about the smallness of our donkey population. You lack focus. Soon our donkeys will become extinct.

    • sadly you seem not to care about the smallness of our donkey population. You lack focus. Soon our donkeys will become extinct.

    • Besides being extinct rmbr we hv unscrupulous business ppl who will end up selling it locally to unsuspecting consumers as beef meat

    • Besides being extinct rmbr we hv unscrupulous business ppl who will end up selling it locally to unsuspecting consumers as beef meat

    • Yes as long as they export it is fine. And as long as they tell people that it is donkey meat when they sell locally that is fine too. Here in the UK they were mixing horse meat with beef and not telling people that is a crime

    • Yes as long as they export it is fine. And as long as they tell people that it is donkey meat when they sell locally that is fine too. Here in the UK they were mixing horse meat with beef and not telling people that is a crime

    • It’s about people deciding what they want to eat. Food safety issue. You missed the point. People are concerned that donkey meat may end up in the deli because the greedy donkey meat dealers want profits. Its happened before with people in Bulawayo unwittingly eating dog meat.

    • Whts so special today abt donkey brings foreign currency in Zim. Hw many species of animals we have in national parks wch are more valuable than a donkey. U are telling us today where did u get tht information wch is nt known by the government, hatidi kudyiswa nyama yedongi isu.

    • Georgina Sigauke from what I know people will never be that honest! Here in Botswana we don’t eat meat everywhere, you can find people eating meat and they are evil enough to lie to you that it’s beef. Hatidi nyama yedhonki muzim kani.period.

    • Servias it’s not my problem if you don’t research. Do your research first then you come back. We get foreign currency through many channels. That’s why if you receive even $5 from diaspora they are giving you a 2% incentive. I am done with you. These other gentlemen and ladies who are afraid of buying donkey meat there is a solution. Buy your meat from reputable butcheries. If you buy meat on the street then you are definitely going to eat it. If you get into a butchery if you want beef do they give you goat meat or pork think about it? You are given what you ask for. Wizzy, the guys from Bulawayo bought dog meat from a vagrant mind you not from the butchery. Mbara, if you breed donkeys on a commercial basis they can never be extinct or finished. Have you managed to finish cattle, goats, sheep, pigs etc?? A big No.

    • Thanks Leo

    • Nullified

    • Keep checking with Sunday Mail you are going to see job advertisements for the donkey abattoir. Everyone is encouraged to apply. We are an equal opportunity employer. Again employment creation

    • Tashinga Emmanuel Mafemba you are being sinical excuse my spelling reputable butcher are the ones who are greedy here it was the 3 big supermarket who were doing it.. Tinashe Renalekgosi You are right no one is honest when it comes to money

    • Georgina if it happened then that was a criminal offence. In cases like these you should have reported to the relevant authorities. Some people should then be behind bars. On our donkey meat we are going to be strict so please don’t worry. We intend to open a butchery only for donkey meat. So please don’t panic you will be very safe.

    • Its unfortunate that we are likely to encounter cheats who will sell the meat. But its very normal. Currently we are eating condemned chickens in takeaways. Such is life its unfortunate…..

  • N’ombe inokamwa mukaka pamwe nekurimiswa pedzezvo yozodyiwa nyama.wats wrong with the donkey

  • Regai isu vanoida nyama iyi tiwane mukana wekuitenga muzvitoro zvotengesa nyama.Go for pork if it ia your favourite.

  • Mashaya zvekudya hre nhai kudyaBHEMHE HRE??? hazviite iiiiiiii mashayeiko nhai imi musadaro

  • Mina Makoti

    Who approved the project? Now why raising concerns?
    Manje munga ita economic progress mwechiita zenda mberi – zenda shure.
    Ndiko kusarongeka. Hapana chino buda.

  • Chete people are just resistant to change zvisineyi kut change yacho yakanaka here or yakashata.they just resist

  • josefa chinotimba

    This is wrong.I am going to challenge this issue into the courts of law.There is no tangible guarantee that this donkey meat will not find its way into the local market.

    Ban the killing of donkeys.Zimbabweans do not eat donkey meat.

  • Iwewe kana usingadye u kurwadziwa nei. Siya vanodya vaye havo. Inga in other parts of Asia beef havadye so chashamisira ipapa chii

  • Effects of the he look east policy,

  • Mwari honai vanhu vaya vatanga.

  • Kkkkkkkk, Zimbabweans so, nguruve inodya zvese zvese eg tsvina yemunhu, even munhu bt tinoidya. Asi donkey rinodya mainly sora bt u condemn it back and forth.wats wrong with it

    • Uriright ipapo,donkey rinomwa doro remasese kkk,zvirinani kudya donki pane vamwe varikudya garwe rinodya kana mhunu

  • There are so many donkeys who cause accidents in Matebeleland South.slaughter them for export

  • There are so many donkeys who cause accidents in Matebeleland South.slaughter them for export

  • Their shouldn’t be any reservations about anything.let the abbatoir open and create employment opportunities and bring in the much needed us dollar.those who want to eat the meat can eat.no problem.even me am itching to test it ndimbonzwa kuti dhongi rinonaka sei.kkkkk

  • Their shouldn’t be any reservations about anything.let the abbatoir open and create employment opportunities and bring in the much needed us dollar.those who want to eat the meat can eat.no problem.even me am itching to test it ndimbonzwa kuti dhongi rinonaka sei.kkkkk

  • problem munoita madongi vakadzi ,muchiwadana kuti marry manje motya kuti magero frienz anopedzwa nemabutcher,kkkKkkk

  • problem munoita madongi vakadzi ,muchiwadana kuti marry manje motya kuti magero frienz anopedzwa nemabutcher,kkkKkkk

  • Hapana chisingadyiwe pasi pano even snakes dzodyiwa snails anodyiwa donkey a servant kubva kana mombe musaite gango or braii coz is servant too why eat

  • Hapana chisingadyiwe pasi pano even snakes dzodyiwa snails anodyiwa donkey a servant kubva kana mombe musaite gango or braii coz is servant too why eat

  • one man’s meat is

  • one man’s meat is

  • Mmmm DHINGO here amana

  • Mmmm DHINGO here amana

  • Please spare our already few donkey population

  • Please spare our already few donkey population

  • nonsense ngama 90s idonki yayi thengiswa e pumula, baxwayisa ukubopha noma ngubani ozatholakala elenyama ye donki. Namhla sebeyifundisa u Mthwakazi ukuthi isilungele ukudliwa? Ngoba sesi under Chinese colony! Yikuphambana kwengqondo zabathi bangu hulumeni wesizwe.

  • nonsense ngama 90s idonki yayi thengiswa e pumula, baxwayisa ukubopha noma ngubani ozatholakala elenyama ye donki. Namhla sebeyifundisa u Mthwakazi ukuthi isilungele ukudliwa? Ngoba sesi under Chinese colony! Yikuphambana kwengqondo zabathi bangu hulumeni wesizwe.

  • They are beasts of burden and always been a help to man, not made for the table and we should respect the difference

  • They are beasts of burden and always been a help to man, not made for the table and we should respect the difference

  • That should be considered before issuing of licence. How do people get licences first? Mozonetsa munhu after establishment

  • That should be considered before issuing of licence. How do people get licences first? Mozonetsa munhu after establishment

  • Ok

  • Ok

  • Vanhu vanganzwe nenhomba madhongi ane kitsi zvakazara
    I would eat anything that has got salt

  • Vanhu vanganzwe nenhomba madhongi ane kitsi zvakazara
    I would eat anything that has got salt

  • The government can benefit by impounding stray donkeys and selling them to abattoir.This pull me down syndrome is prevalent in Zim.

  • The government can benefit by impounding stray donkeys and selling them to abattoir.This pull me down syndrome is prevalent in Zim.

  • My only concern is the small population of donkeys that we have in this country, we might end up not having donkeys at all!

  • Hapana mhuka isingadyiwe its only a matter of choice

  • they are better issues for the gvt to worry about its as if the locals would be forced to buy the donkey meat.
    This abattoir will create many job a thing that zanu pf can’t do

  • Hatichadi kunzwa zve vafundisi vachitparidzira kuti “kufa kuraswa saMheri(dhongi)”.Dhongi rakosha muZimbabwe

  • idyai mega

  • How many of the donkeys do we have in Zimbabwe that we may built an abattoir. Definitely the meat will find its way into local market. The donkeys species will be wiped out

  • Welcome donkeys

  • Vharai chinhu icho nhai

  • Ngavaende kubeitbridge uko ijawi madonkey amwe anotokonzeresa maaccident

  • Whats wrong if the meat is sold locally? The choice to consume it remains with the individual.KuMwenezi kwaidyiwa makudo makati chii?

  • True Izzy ICee

  • Donkey meat….ahh, is our chop o

  • yatozosimbirira ye abbittor yedonkeys bettr kuita muvegterian hangu😲😲🤔

  • Aaahhhh anenge achida kuidya anongodyazve.kana nyama yembizi ichidyiwa chii chokonesa yeDhongi.

  • Yekusaziva mitauro iyi rakatengwa sadza kuroad inobva Byo ichienda Romokgwebana(sp) boarder post rikadyiwa mushe mushe. Tapedza zvedu vakanga vadya neChicken vakat imi madya dongi mutori nani, nyama yenyu yanga yakawanda. Takangoti kanha nazvo vemoyo mitete vakatanga kupfira pfira. It’s not bad 👎 but I may not opt it among others or in any time possible.

  • if w ďñt eat donķeys àre w beter than those who eat? w sel them donkeys & they sel 2 us smart 4ns- so who is beter upstairs???

  • But I think its big country style taste good

  • Dengu

    rega oune majere kuzara mbavha soonest amasela azabamanengi e Khami watch space

  • Ndiko kuti vanhu vaonewo mabasa

  • Chasura

    What we all dont know is the Chinese in cahoorts with certain individual have finally found a way of smuggling wild animal meat and products under the guise of donkey meat. Wait and see what will happen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Tormenta

      verifiable possibility

  • chii chakubhowai panyama yedhongi yamusingadyi

  • I pray the meat be sold locally coz i like meat

  • You now want to steal donkeys from botswana and you will be arrested and rot in jail

  • Huyai tidhle madhongwi kkkkk hayas

  • So there’s someone out there who would consume donkey meat🤔, and is this because there’s shortage of meat🙄😮

  • Obviously the meat will be sold locally Zimbabweans are now donkey eaters lol

  • Can’t wait to taste that meat eish

  • nkona sisazo lamba uma kuzodliwa i donkey solima ngani bazowaqeda abantu.

  • Chikiti

    Kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk !

  • And the first donkey through there would be …..

  • Wei Ye

  • Talking about asses. You wanna eat ass go ahead itayi zveku daughter moga. Regai tidhle beef hedu.

  • Save the Planet and animals

    Hope the animal activists will raise their concern against this abattoir and call for its closure one will find soon that their donkeys are missing it is happening in South Africa. One is amazed how the chinese havebeen made to feel more welcome than the locals from other communities here

error: Content is protected !!