The skyrocketing price of meat has provided opportunities for the unsavoury who are now preying on desperate people. Some uncouth youths from Harare’s Kuwadzana Extension suburb are reported to be cashing in on the desire for reasonably price meat by selling dog meat to unsuspecting residents. The sleazy characters are passing off the dog meat as goat meat or buck meat.
The dog meat racket is allegedly being run by two youths who are affiliated to the ruling Zanu-PF party who go by the monikers G.I. Joe and Bhunu.
The racket was exposed after a local carpark owner, Learnmore Chinhoyi’s dog disappeared without a trace. An insider who was aware of the racket finally took pity on Chinhoyi after noting that this his 13th dog to disappear. The insider revealed the dog meat business and told Chinhoyi where he could find his dog’s remains, the skin, the intestines and the head.
In an interview with an online publication, Zim Morning Post, Chinhoyi confirmed the development saying,
I was alerted to the whereabouts of the dog by some sympathisers (names withdrawn).
This is not the first of my dogs that have gone missing. Presently, I am unaware of the whereabouts of about 12 of my dogs. These have gone without a trace.
Through further investigations, Chinhoyi discovered that Zanu PF ward 44 chairperson, Peter Makaza had allegedly bought the whole carcass unknowingly, after being told that it was a buck. When reached for comment about the matter, Makaza’s wife strenuously denied that the couple had purchased dog meat.
However, local residents have confirmed that there has been an influx of “goat” and “buck” meat at backyard butcheries which is being sold at a discount. The residents are now worried about the difficulty in differentiating the different types of meat as well as the health implications for eating dog meat.
The price of meat has shot up so high that President Emmerson Mnangagwa advised the Kuwadzana residents to eat potatoes and vegetables arguing that they are much healthier than meat