Cattle rustling in Laikipia has become a menace with villagers being the main victims. Several deaths have been reported with military personnel recently escorting high school students back home after their institutions were closed.
In a report done by Nation Africa on Tuesday, October 5, Laikipia residents have alleged that the bandits roaming the area have been enjoying exclusive protection from police officers. They further revealed that despite bombs being blasted in the area, the herders still come out to attack and steal livestock.
“The bandits seem to be enjoying the protection of the police doing operations here. We hear bombs being blasted in the conservancy, but the herders still roam freely and come out to attack, steal from us and later drive our livestock to their hideouts in the conservancy,” said Beatrice Murugi, a widow.
Beatrice husband, Charles Maina, was the latest victim between herders and residents bordering the vast conservancy. He was gunned down by bandits just a few meters from where Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) were digging trenches.
In a separate interview, Mzee Joseph Kiarie told the local media that they are usually informed to forget about their cattle whenever they get into the conservancy. They are left watching hopelessly as their wealth get driven away towards Baringo.
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