New Decree: Donkey To Wear Diaper In Kenya


Local government has dished out a donkey diaper order, instructing all Donkey-cart owners in north-eastern town of Wajir to attach “some form of diaper” to the animals so as to collect their faeces.

This, the government said, will help protect the town’s newly laid Tarmac roads.

In a statement published yesterday (and shared on Twitter below), it said:

“[The government] appreciates the contribution of the donkey cart operators to the economy of Wajir. However the town must be kept clean at all times. In view of the above you are directed to manage your donkey poop (faeces) to avoid poop all over the tarmac road creating nuisance.”

It goes on to state that no donkey would be allowed  in town without this poop collecting bag by 26 May. This means that Donkeys without nappies will no longer enter the first north-eastern Kenyan town to protect its tarmac road from faeces.

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The nappy notice was issued on Monday and came into effect on Thursday. Following the odd diktat, Donkey cart operators complied promptly with the directive.

Residents have been sharing photos of donkeys with “collecting bags” on social media.

Donkey carts are everywhere in Wajir’s town centre and their poops are common sight. But with the new road built last year that is 27km long, the authorities in Wajir, which is more than 600km north-east of Nairobi, no longer want a continuation of reckless donkey poops.

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They are keen to protect the new tarmac road after waiting decades for such development, our correspondent says.

As a result, donkey owners are mandated to learn and master the art of poop management. Unlike, the nursing mothers who continue to change poopy diapers every day (sometimes several times a day) for their babies, donkeys owners won’t have to embark on a changing routine.

We also advice those in the county, not to forget to recycle the poop by giving it to farmers to use it in fertilizing pastures and gardens especailly when an excess of poop abounds.

In 2007,  a similar nappy directive was issued in Limuru, about 50km north-west of the capital, Nairobi, in 2007 but they never heeded to it.