The use of camels within the BSA Police was a limited experience for the force. At the turn of the last century, Rhodesia continued to be plagued with horse sickness and substitute draft power, such as oxen, were limited in numbers due to the Rindepest. Donkey draft was considered inadequate and painfully slow. It was not only haulage that was of concern to police authorities. Colonel John 'Mad Jack' Flint, who was Commissioner of the Mashonaland Division of the BSA Police, and who had had previous experience in India with the use of camels in mounted infantry roles, proposed the importation of camels to Rhodesia.