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Landmine explodes, kills 12-year-old boy in Laikipia

Wednesday January 1 2020

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The remains of the landmine that killed a 12-year-old boy at Soit Oudo area in Laikipia North Sub County on December 31, 2019. PHOTO | JAMES MURIMI | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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A 12-year-old boy died on Tuesday evening in a landmine explosion in Soit Oudo area of Laikipia County.

The minor, identified as Ldisiwa Lekesier, was herding his family's livestock in Morpusi Group Ranch when he stepped on the device.

The ranch is usually used by the military for routine training.   

Speaking at Nanyuki Teaching and Referral Hospital mortuary where the body was taken, the boy’s brother, Bernard Kisier, said many people have been killed by landmines in the expansive ranch. Mr Kisier said their father was maimed by a similar device while herding his livestock.

COMPENSATE VICTIMS

Morpusi Group Ranch Chairman Francis Kilua appealed to the government to compensate victims of landmine accidents in the area.

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“We want Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i and Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai to ensure that the affected families are compensated,” Mr Kilua said.

He said the device might have been swept downstream by raging floods.

 “We want the government to acquire land for military training; we cannot continue living in constant fear of losing our people,” Mr Kilua said.

In 1972, the British Army pitched tent at Kiwanja Ndege area where they left behind many landmines.

In 2001, 233 victims of landmines in Samburu and Laikipia threatened to sue the British Government.

However, they struck a deal and opted to settle the matter out of court with the British Department of Defence in 2002.

The victims were to be paid £4.5 million.