Two cattle rustlers arrested

Police in Samburu central have arrested two suspected cattle rustlers and recovered an AK 47 gun with 23 rounds of ammunition.

The cattle rustlers are said to be part of a notorious gang that has been terrorising livestock farmers in the area.

The armed cattle raiders had invaded a family farm in Poro area and made away with nine sheep on Saturday night.

Samburu Central Officer Commanding Police Division Abagaro Guyo said they were able to arrest the two through the help of the community policing members.

We have arrested two of them and recovered all the nine sheep they had stolen. Some of their accomplices managed to escape, he said.

Guyo thanked the area community policing members for working closely with the security team.

He called upon the members of the public to report any cases of wrong doings and help the police in fighting the vice.

The OCPD said the two suspects are held at Maralal police station and they would be taken to court on Monday.

The police boss noted that the gun was not registered with either the police or the Kenya Police Reservists (KPR).

He warned those engaging in the vice would be arrested and made to face the law.

We will not relent, the search is ongoing and the hand of the law will catch up with anyone involved in cattle rustling, he said.

Cases of cattle rustling have not been common in Samburu Central Sub County as the region enjoys regular rainfall which encourages residents to engage in small scale farming.

Samburu East and North are the areas, most prone to cattle rustling.

Recently police in Samburu North killed three cattle rustlers who had stolen a thousand goats from Turkana herders.

Source: Kenya News Agency