MP wants police overhaul to end rampant livestock theft

This follows two incidents of cattle rustling this week that left a herder killed and more than 140 cattle and 80 goats stolen.

Thursday February 18 2016

Tigania West MP David Karithi speaks to journalists outside Miathene Catholic Church on February 7, 2016. He has blamed persistent cases of cattle rustling on the Meru-Isiolo border on breakdown in the police command. PHOTO | PHOEBE OKALL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Tigania West MP David Karithi speaks to journalists outside Miathene Catholic Church on February 7, 2016. He has blamed persistent cases of cattle rustling on the Meru-Isiolo border on breakdown in the police command. PHOTO | PHOEBE OKALL | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By DAVID MUCHUI
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Tigania West MP David Karithi has blamed persistent cases of cattle rustling on the Meru-Isiolo border on breakdown in the police command.

This follows two incidents of cattle rustling this week that left a herder killed and more than 140 cattle and 80 goats stolen.

Speaking to the Nation on phone, Mr Karithi said despite the presence of Anti-stock theft, Rapid Deployment Unit and General Service Unit camps, crime has continued unabated.

“There is need for an overhaul of security officers in the area. There are enough security officers strategically placed to curb crime but raiders keep stealing,” Mr Karithi said.

He said the security officers have failed to enforce directives by the Interior Cabinet Secretary Maj Gen (Rtd) Joseph Nkaissery that chiefs in whose area stolen animals are found be held accountable.

Meanwhile, a herder was Wednesday shot in the leg in a shoot-out with suspected raiders during an operation that led to the recovery of 74 goats and 30 cattle that were stolen on Monday.

The operation that included aerial surveillance by Lewa conservancy helicopter was led by Meru county commissioner Wilfred Nyagwanga and his Isiolo counterpart George Natembeya.

Meru North Peace chairman Charles Kamwibua said the cattle were recovered at Gachiuru area in Meru County.

“The herder was shot while we tracked a herd of 68 cattle at Milima Ng’ombe area. The cattle stolen on Tuesday are yet to be recovered. The suspects escaped during the recovery exercise,” Mr Kamwibua said.

He said the operation to recover stolen cattle is still going on.

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