Keeping livestock in areas where cattle rustling is rampant is no longer tenable for residents in those places. Apart from Laikipia where bandits have had a field day, other areas affected in the Mount Kenya region include Ndia in Kirinyaga, Mbeere South in Embu, and Kiharu and Murang’a South among others.
The situation in these areas has been so dire that it has forced authorities to issue a shoot-to-kill order targeting cattle thieves. The cattle raids in these areas have been worsening for the past two years with residents taking matters into their hands, lynching 8 and making a further 53 citizen arrests.
“I’ve directed our security teams to shoot to kill anyone who will be found threatening lives and property with firearms,” Central Regional Commissioner Wilfred Nyagwanga said as he noted that the cattle thieves are usually with homemade guns.
Mr Nyagwanga confirmed that the police recovered 121 of the 824 sheep valued at Sh5 million stolen at New Day Farm in Makuyu, Murang’a County. The farm belonged to one Dr Charagu Mararo.
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