Herder killed as 50 cows, 80 goats are stolen

Wednesday February 17 2016

Residents of Ntangilia village in Tigania East a scene where a herder was found dead. PHOTO | DAVID MUCHUI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Residents of Ntangilia village in Tigania East a scene where a herder was found dead. PHOTO | DAVID MUCHUI | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By DAVID MUCHUI
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A herder was killed at Mweronkoro, Tigania East and 60 cows and 80 goats stolen on Monday night.

Meru North Peace committee chairman Charles Kamwibua blamed the incidents on laxity of security officers in the area.

“Despite the tough directives issued by Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery, there seems to be no end to cattle rustling. The stolen animals are yet to be recovered. The CS had introduced a raft of measures to contain the vice but it seems nothing is being implemented,” Mr Kamwibua said.

He said despite the government’s commitment to recover all animals stolen from Meru in the past, no effort has been put to track them.

Tigania East OCPD Charles Kosgey, however, said police are tracking the stolen livestock to Aramach area in Isiolo County.

“We are tracking the cattle and goats stolen on Monday to Ndumuru area in Igembe North. We have contact of the 60 cattle and 80 goats and we expect to recover them soon,” he said

Last year, Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery while in a peace meeting in Gambela, had directed that all illegal firearms should be registered before a major disarmament exercise.

Meru county commissioner Wilfred Nyagwanga said the county security team had put in place strategies to ensure peace prevailed in all the grazing areas.

Last month, Isiolo County Commissioner George Natembeya and his Meru counterpart said the national government had deployed enough resources in the two areas to curb insecurity.

The two who spoke during a peace meeting between Meru, Borana, Somali and Turkana herders at the Meru National Park, where they turned down calls by herders that Chiefs be armed.

Mr Natembeya has also maintained a shoot to kill order against cattle rustlers.

Tuesday's incident brings the number of herders killed in the area, this year, to four.