Tension is high at Olkurto on the Narok/Nakuru border after 44 head of cattle were stolen last evening.
The animals belonging to Mr. Edwin Manguai were grazing in the forest when they were stolen by unknown people between 4.00pm and 7.00 pm
“The herders left the animals to take shelter when it started raining but on going back after the rains, they did not find them, “a distraught Mr. Manguai”, said.
Speaking to the press in his office on Friday morning, Narok County Commissioner (CC), Mr. Magu Mutindika said the Kenya Wildlife Service rangers and security personnel have been deployed to pursue the animals in Kochia in Mau Forest where the animals are believed to have been taken by suspected rustlers.
“We have already gotten a chopper which is overflying the expansive Mau forest to help in locating the animals”, Mutindika said.
The CC appealed to the residents to be calm and allow the security officers to recover all the stolen animals.
“Residents should continue with their day to day activities as we are optimistic we will recover and bring to book the culprits”, he said.
The incident comes barely a fortnight after 12 heads of cattle, which had been stolen in the area early this month, were recovered in Nakuru.
On Christmas Eve, the area erupted into violence after suspected cattle rustlers shot dead two herders in Kass FM village and made away with cattle.
By Mabel Keya-Shikuku/Ann Salaton
Source: Kenya News Agency