Rungu-wielding youth attack, injure farmers in Maai Mahiu

Utheri wa Lari Chairman Stephen Muiru condemned the attack on his members.

Wednesday March 9 2016

Utheri wa Lari land buying company's chairman

Utheri wa Lari land buying company's chairman Stephen Muiru at the controversial farm located in Maai Mahiu in the outskirts of Naivasha Town. Two members sustained injuries Tuesday after they were attacked by rungu-wielding youth. PHOTO | MACHARIA MWANGI | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By MACHARIA MWANGI
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Two elderly farmers from Utheri wa Lari sustained injuries after they were attacked by herding youths while tilling their privately owned farms at Maai Mahiu in the outskirts of Naivasha Town.

They were accosted by the rungu-wielding youths as they went about clearing bushes at around midday, before police came to their rescue.

Naivasha Sub-County Commissioner Isaac Masinde confirmed the attack, saying the two were rushed to hospital in Naivasha .

“I have been in contact with the medical personnel and they have said the two are out of danger,” said the administrator.

He said the youths who had attacked the two were grazing their animals within the farm’s vicinity and it was not clear why they decided to attack the farmers.

“It was an isolated case and the police are looking for the two young herders behind the attack,” said Mr Masinde.

WON COURT CASE

However, tension has been growing in the area since the farmers started cultivating the 22,000 acres parcel of land after they won a court case.

The land buying company’s chairman Stephen Muiru condemned the attack on his members and called on the police to provide the farmers with enough security.

“I am greatly saddened by the assault which comes barely one year after we lost two farmers in a similar attack,” he said.

He wondered why the government failed to provide security yet the farmers were the bona fide owners of the vast land.

But Mr Masinde said they had boosted security measures with additional policemen having been sent to the troubled area.

“We might be forced to call off the cultivation exercise if the tension continues and arbitrate over the matter,” said the administrator.

Most members have been frequenting the area to cultivate with relative calm having been witnesses in the recent past before Tuesday’s attack.

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