Police officers in Nanyuki town raided an eatery at Majengo Estate and impounded about one tonne of suspicious meat and arrested the owner and a supplier.
The eatery known for cheap meat and a common joint for Mutura is said to have been storing the meat in unhealthy condition.
However, residents who camped at the hotel known as Paradise condemned the police act noting that that is their only source of meat which they can afford.
They said that the operator has been there for ages and they have been getting all their delicacies from the meat which is sourced from Ol Pejeta conservancy and mainly consists of tripes sold to locals.
Muriithi Ndede, a local customer noted that as low income earners residents, they cannot afford to buy meat from high end butcheries and they are served locally by the eatery with pieces of meat they can afford going as little as 10 shillings.
“Police officers should stop harassing small businesses because this butchery has been there for decades and no health issues have ever been reported” said Ndede.
The raid was occasioned by the supplier who was offloading the chunks of tripes from his vehicle and police suspected it could have been game meat.
However, police sources have ascertained that the meat came from a credible source that is Ol Pejeta Slaughter House but the two will be charged for poor storage of the meat that can cause a health hazard.
Residents called on the police to concentrate with major crime instead of going to the extent of arresting people who serve them without complaints.
A senior police officer at Nanyuki police station and who did not want to be mentioned yesterday told the Star that they have contacted Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the officers collected samples of the meat for testing in their laboratories.
The Star/ Eliud Waithaka