Crack unit formed to stamp out cattle theft in Nyamira-Matiang’i

Interior Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Fred Matiang’i has said that his Ministry has formed a crack police unit that will tackle the sporadic cattle theft along Nyamira-Bomet-Narok county border.

Matiangi said his officers on the ground had identified loose ends enabling cattle rustlers to undertake the cross border stock theft and the special anti-stock theft unit is set to hit the ground running later this month.

Speaking at Ekerubo in Borabu constituency,the CS noted cattle rustling is an outdated practice which the government had undertaken to put to an end.

He said that the cattle rustling practice was behind the occasional border tension among members of different communities residing in the area. He was speaking during the burial of George Morara Ogeto,a brother to Solicitor General, Ken Ogeto at Ekerubo village in Esise Ward,Borabu constituency.

In the recent months, security teams in Nyamira County, led by County Commissioner Isaiah Nakoru have stepped up surveillance to deter cattle theft and cases of rustling have significantly gone down.

Nakoru engaged his counterparts in the administration department from the neighbouring counties of Bomet and Narok in joint operations thereby limiting cross-border movement of stolen stock.

But Matiangi said that though the incidents of cattle theft had reduced, the special unit, once it hits the ground, will bring the vice to a speedy end.

We are bringing a special unit that will deal with cattle theft in the area and we are determined to end this thuggery, he said.

He said cattle theft was a criminal activity which retarded development in affected areas as livestock owners shun rearing cattle for fear of losing their cattle during regular cattle raids.

The CS however asked members of the public to also chip in to address the mess by aiding security teams to stump out the menace.

Matiangi said cattle theft was a social problem and members of the public were better placed in identifying its perpetrators for the police to prosecute and isolate them from the community.

Source: Kenya News Agency