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Wednesday, 14 Jun 2017 18:36 EATjmwangangi@kenyafreepress.com
Residents of Museve area in Kitui County were left with shock yesterday after Kamene Kaakai, a single mother of five children, arrived at the market place carrying an owl for the exchange of cash. The lady said that she was selling the featherless creature because it was the only item she had to redeem her and her five children from starving due to poverty.
Amazingly, the lady was selling the creature for Sh250 but said that she would be very happy if anybody could sympathize with her and offer her Sh1,000 on which the family could subsit for a few weeks. Despite her determination, the lady returned home with no single coin, taking her owl back because there wasn’t any single buyer who was willing to purchase her good. Kamba people associate the Owl with bad omen and once it cries near a home, it is believed to have brought news of grief to that family.
To her consternation, many people wondered how she managed to capture that hostile creature and they were afraid that, since she managed to sell a strange wild creature, the lady could decide to steal and sell their chickens or goats.
But she could not countenance such negative thoughts, holding that life had become too difficult for her due to poor rains experienced in some parts of Kitui which left crops to wilt before reaching maturity. She is requesting the county government to act to curb famine facing the region.
Recently other astonishing actions of donkeys being slaughtered in Ukambani regions have been reported although it is not clear the reasons behind the slaughtering of these animals.