Ranchers meet to safeguard peace amid drought

Laikipia County security team met at Nanyuki hotel with the local ranchers Thursday to come up with a common understanding to avert any crisis with illegal grazers during this dry spell.

The Convener of the meeting, Laikipia County Commissioner (CC), Onesmus Kytha said currently there was a lot of pressure from the neighbouring Counties due to the ongoing dry spell in the region.

It is of great importance to come up with a common understanding so as not to let the situations escalate like last year when things almost got out of hand,” he noted.

During the drought experienced in the country last year, Laikipia County experienced serious insecurity which was brought about by illegal herders from the neighbouring Counties of Samburu, Isiolo and Baringo.

Some ranchers within the County allowed the invading herders to graze on their land and this gave way to others to forcefully enter secured ranches, leading to loss of lives, destruction of property worth millions of shillings and stock theft.

The County Commissioner said the County security team is determined to ensure that law and order is maintained at all times and anybody who entertains activities aimed at disturbing peace would be dealt with.

Any engagement of herders to graze their livestock on your land should be formal and must go through the structures of the government, Kytha advised the ranchers.

The County Police Commander(CPC), Simon Kipkeu said 139 National Police Reservists (NPR) in Laikipia North Sub County, which is an entry route of illegal herders from the neighbouring counties, have been trained and equipped.

He noted that the NPRs were under the control of the Sub County police commander and Members of the County Assembly (MCA) have nothing to do with them.

Kipkeu was reacting to a complaint by a rancher who said that the Sossian ward MCA was acting in a way to suggest that the NPR were under his control.

He said any misconduct by the any NPR should be reported to the area Sub County Police Commander.

Source: Kenya News Agency