nappies for donkeys

Nappies for Donkeys

About two years ago I had read the following news item in a reputed daily.

Quote: If Charles Dickens’ Mr. Bumble had been transported from 19th century England to the town of Limuru in 21st century Kenya, he might not have stopped with stating that “The law is a ass — a idiot!” He might have gone on to alliteratively add while correcting his grammar that “the law is an ass’ arse!”

For those who came in late, the town council of Limuru, located some 50 km to the north-west ofKenya’s capitalNairobi, had decreed that donkey owners should put nappies on their animals with effect from July 16 to ensure that the streets were clean.

However, the council put its nappy plan on hold (pun intended!) in the face of vehement opposition from donkey owners and critical media coverage.

Limuru trader Simon Kamau, who uses donkeys to transport water to his clients, was quoted by the BBC News as saying, “in all the three years I have been in this business, I have never tied a nappy on a donkey. The problem is that the donkey can give you a fatal kick. I was once kicked by a donkey and it broke my leg. What the council should do is come to us traders and show us how to tie nappies on the donkeys.”

Another donkey owner was quoted as saying, “if we have to put nappies on our donkeys, soon they will say our cows need them to!”

However, even while donkey owners like Kimani and residents like John Kinyanjui say the council would be better advised to employ more sweepers to clear up the mess, Limuru mayor James Kuria seemed determined to go ahead with the nappy plan.

Noting that he had heard that in some areas owners were putting nappies on donkeys, Kuria announced in true bureaucratic style that “we will go to these areas and see how they do it and come back and show our people how to do it. We want the people to earn a living but, at the same time, we must keep our town clean.”

What will they think of next? Putting socks on octopuses!


Suddenly, I thought of this story today when I saw our colony littered with donkeys’ s***t .  

A donkey owner was loading rubble from a house under construction and dumping it at a nearby pit. He had around 6 donkeys and the poor animals looked tired and hungry after a hard days tough work. While doing the job the donkeys had “dirtied” the lane. The owner of the house told the donkey owner to clean the lane in front of the house at least. But he refused to do so. A long altercation followed…I walked away thinking how such problems could be solved. Immediately the above news item came to my mind. The suggested solution of tying nappies seems good but is not possible to implement as it will add to the poor donkey owners’ costs. Even otherwise, the poor owner hardly earns enough to feed himself and his 6 donkeys in these days ! So lets leave it at that …!

Dear Readers, if you have any comments, views and suggestions on this matter, do send them in .

By the way, I had written a letter to the editor then. I now reproduce it here for you to read and reflect:

“Dear Sir, your article was just hilarious. We need to take a cue from Limuru and make attempts to similarly ask our municipalities to take up the issue, of our city streets being littered with such mess daily, with the owners of animals like cows, bulls, donkeys, horses, dogs etc, if they don’t have funds to employ additional sweepers.( even those presently on rolls aren’t seen turning up ). Incidentally, like ” Gobar Gas Plants” such mess can be profitably be used for generating power, provided our municipal bosses have that much power to implement such suggestions. At the best, they may set up a committee to look into this matter. Sir, keep up the hilarity in our otherwise mundane lives ! Give us more !!”


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15 Responses to nappies for donkeys

  1. R K B Sabharwal says:

    Dear Mr. Broca,
    Written in the true Brocan, not broken, style, your opinion and impression, and even suggestion, are a wealth of hilarity. Thanks a lot for making a cheerful start of the day. You seem to have a true understanding of the satirical literature and situations.
    You also appear to share the concerns of the traders, public, the local govt.etc regarding the maintenance of publc decency and cleanliness by clearing the mess created by…? Also please think of the mess, worse than the one you have observed, created and messed up daily in their performance by those whom we expect to clear the mess and menace made by our really useful and helpful so-called animals as if our kingdom were different!
    However, you deserve to be congratulated as usual for your inimitable sense of humour and wit. Regards,

    Prof. R. K. Bhushan Sabharwal, jagraon
    Jul 23, 2009

  2. Satyananda says:

    Enjoyed your hilarious witty write, Broca saab. Regards.

    Ch J Satyananda Kumar, Visakhapatnam
    Jul 23, 2009

  3. J S BROCA says:

    Dear Prof Sabharwalji, thanks a lot for youe scintillating response.Glad to note that the posting brought a smile on your face.

    J S Broca, New Delhi
    Jul 24, 2009

  4. J S BROCA says:

    Dear Satyananda ji, many thanks for your response. I am glad to note that there are still a few takers for humour on this forum which is mainly for serious poetry.

    J S Broca, New Delhi
    Jul 24, 2009

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    -Savneet Kaur
    Student 3rd Semester PGDRM
    GNIM NewDelhi

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  9. nilouffer says:

    If this is not hilarious, what is…. You should have given a picture of a donkey with a nappy on; Imagining these beasts of burden with nappies also brings a smile to all who read your post. Can imagine roaring business in nappies for the four legged….
    Thanks Jatinder ji tussi hilarious ho….

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