Officers urges herders to graze in groups

Wednesday March 30 2016

The Isiolo County security team, led by County Commissioner George Natembeya, on October 28, 2015 hands over to the Meru security team 18 cattle recovered at Kiwanjani after a recent cattle rustling incident. More than 60 scouts from Oldonyiro conservancy graduated on July 19, 2016 as rangers after a two-week training by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS). PHOTO | VIVIAN JEBET | NATION MEDIA GROUP

The Isiolo County security team, led by County Commissioner George Natembeya, on October 28, 2015 hands over to the Meru security team 18 cattle recovered at Kiwanjani after a recent cattle rustling incident. More than 60 scouts from Oldonyiro conservancy graduated on July 19, 2016 as rangers after a two-week training by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS). PHOTO | VIVIAN JEBET | NATION MEDIA GROUP  

By DICKSON MWITI
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Igembe North Deputy County Commissioner Benjamin Nzioka has asked herders to graze their cattle in groups to thwart cattle raiders.

Addressing a public baraza at Ndoleli Primary School, the security officer said it was not easy for cattle raiders to subdue herders grazing in groups.

“We have already organised with our police officers and the Kenya Police Reservists on how to protect you and you should be ready to be protected,” he said.

Mr Nzioka told the baraza that the county security team would ensure that police officers would be deployed at all the raider incursion points and collective grazing grounds.

“Don’t graze your two or three heads of cattle alone just because you don’t want to part with a few coins supposed to facilitate the guards looking after them. They will be taken away by the rustlers and you will be left crying for help alone. Remember united we stand, separated we fall,” said the deputy county commissioner.

The security officer praised the national government for deploying more than 200 police officers in several police posts in the area in February to boost security.