Residents of Suyian village in Samburu north Sub County have threatened to walk to Nairobi to meet Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i over the rising cases of cattle rustling in the region.
This is after a group of armed cattle rustlers from the neighbouring community raided the area on Friday evening and stole 1,409 cows, 1,200 goats and five donkeys.
The bandits also shot and killed two herders and injured three people including a 12-year-old girl.
Addressing the press, the irate residents said they will make a stopover at the Maralal police station before walking over 350 kilometers to seek redress with the internal security cabinet secretary.
Our village has become a bulls eye for cattle rustlers and we want the whole world to know that we are tired of becoming perpetual targets, said area Chief Karoli Leraul.
The chief noted that 7,000 animals have been stolen from the village since July 2017 rendering the residents poor since they fully depend on livestock for survival.
The public administrator called upon the relevant authorities to follow up and make sure that the stolen livestock have been recovered and returned to their owners.
Some of the affected people had migrated to this area from Samburu east in search of pasture and justice should be served when they get their animals back, he said.
However the residents clarified that they would not be accepting livestock that did not belong to them in case the attackers decide to return the animals.
Suiyan village administrator Earnest Learete said that the neighbouring communities fail to honour peace treaties between them.
We have agreed on numerous peace treaties with our neighbours but after a while, when our guards are down, they strike and steal our animals, he observed.
Speaking in Baragoi after a security meeting on Saturday, area leaders urged the area security apparatus to act with speed and recover the stolen animals.
Led by Governor Moses Lenolkulal, the leaders said that they expect the culprits, who are allegedly known by the community to be arrested and charged.
We not only want the police to recover animals, they should arrest the criminals and charge them with robbery with violence and murder, said Lenolkulal.
Samburu north member of parliament, Alois Lentoimaga said that, in the closed door security meeting, they had agreed that the police and other security officers should deliver a positive communication in three days from Monday.
He said that the government should extend and intensify security operations in the area to avert any other pending incidents of cattle rustling.
Any culprit should be arrested and charged, be it a Samburu, a Turkana or any other, the law must be followed, he said.
Source: Kenya News Agency