Police recover 68 stolen cows, tell elders to reveal suspects

The animals will be returned to the owners in Isiolo town, according to Meru County Commissioner Wilfred Nyagwanga.

Sunday February 21 2016

Meru County Commissioner Wilfred Nyagwanga while addressing a meeting at Kangetha on February 20, 2016. He said 68 animals stolen by suspected Turkana raiders in Meru County have been recovered. PHOTO z KENNEDY KIMANTHI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Meru County Commissioner Wilfred Nyagwanga while addressing a meeting at Kangetha on February 20, 2016. He said 68 animals stolen by suspected Turkana raiders in Meru County have been recovered. PHOTO z KENNEDY KIMANTHI | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By KENNEDY KIMANTHI
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Police in Meru have recovered 68 cows that were stolen by suspected Turkana herders, cooling down tension that had been building up since Wednesday last week.

The animals will be returned to the owners in Isiolo town, according to Meru County Commissioner Wilfred Nyagwanga.

Mr Nyagwanga has also said administrators were holding talks with Turkana elders to reveal those involved in the raid that left a Kenya Police Reservist (KPR) in the Wednesday incident.

The officer’s firearm was also stolen and is yet to be recovered.

Already, 17 suspects are in police custody in connection with the raid.

"Sixty-eight cows and goats have been surrendered. We will hand over them over to their owners today. We also want them (Turkana's) to reveal the real culprits behind the attack," Mr Nyagwanga said on Sunday on phone.

On Friday, a contingent of security officers from Isiolo and Meru counties were mobilised to pursue the attackers in Attan village in Isiolo where the stolen animals had been spotted.

Cattle rustling is common in parts of Meru that border Isiolo County.

Last month, National Cohesion and Integration Commission chairman Francis Ole Kaparo asked leaders from the two communities to lead peace efforts in the two counties.

Mr Kaparo, however, absolved politicians from incitement allegations saying local leaders were responsible for the animosity between the Meru, Borana, Turkana and Samburu communities.

Tigania West MP David Karithi lauded efforts by security personnel to recover the stolen animals.

"The recovered animals have specific marks on them. Those whose animals were stolen should attend the identification parade in Isiolo and take back their animals," Mr Karithi said.

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