Farmers count losses as cattle belonging to tycoon invade small farms destroying crops worth millions

Tension is high in Githima village, Gatuanyaga Ward in Thika Sub-County after Maasai herders invaded and grazed cattle belonging to a tycoon on a 100 acres farm owned by small scale farmers destroying maize, beans and potatoes worth millions of shillings.

According to the farmers, their anguish started after the Kikuyu tycoon who owned the cattle hired Maasai herders and allegedly incited them to graze their cattle on the farm, saying the farmers did not own title deeds.

The cattle destroyed our crops last night where they swept all the maize crops which we expected to harvest come July. We survive on farming to educate our children as well as make a living and now with the irrepressible destruction, we feel demoralized, said Nancy Njeri, the Nyumba Kumi Chairperson in the area.

Speaking to press on Sunday morning, the desperate, hopeless farmers expressed their discontent over how the said tycoon thump-chested, threatening to attack the farmers.

The angry farmers who on Saturday night seized more than 100 cattle and 30 sheep that had been driven into their land called on both levels of government’ intervention to avert eruption of inter-ethnic dispute between the Maasai herders and the Kikuyu farmers which they confirmed was being orchestrated by the tycoon.

The tycoon has said that his sons are policemen and that our grievances cannot be heard by any Court of Law because he has enough money to protect himself. His herders have been carrying pangas and whenever they raid our land and we try to raise our complaints, they threaten to kill us. We are urging the government, especially during this sensitive electioneering period to intervene and find solutions to prevent disputes, pleaded Magdalene Njoki, a farmer.

The farmers urged the local administration and leaders in general to arbitrate and find a lasting solutions to the protracted dispute.

Source: Kenya News Agency