Villagers burn live donkeys

March 16, 2015, 8:37am

Villagers burn live donkeys

A FEMALE donkey died while two other animals sustained severe injuries after villagers at Oilyateko village in the Ondobe Constituency of Ohangwena region set them alight last Friday.
All three donkeys, whose owners are unknown, have foals. Members of the community are up in arms against the culprits and called for them to be brought to book.
Oilyateko village secretary, Kaino Ndjiba told Nampa on Thursday that the cruel burning of the donkeys has shocked the community.
Ndiba said the donkeys were torched from the tail to the head, and apart from sustaining severe burn wounds, one of the donkeys lost its eyesight and its ears are damaged. 
“We hear the culprits torched the donkeys because they apparently strayed into their fields where they destroyed crops. Nobody is claiming ownership of the animals,” community members said.
Ndjiba said it is alleged that the culprits rounded up the donkeys and attached dry grass and pieces of plastic to them before sprinkling oil on the animals and setting them alight.
Members of a certain family at the village are suspected to be the perpetrators, although they are yet to be brought before the local traditional leadership to face charges of cruelty to animals.
Police spokesperson in the region, Sergeant Kaume Iitumba said he was not aware of the incident.
“But a charge of cruelty to animals could be registered against those who have committed such a deed,” Iitumba explained. - Nampa

The Namibian