Impacts of natural resources & mega development projects to people (women)

   - - > By Monica Yator
,Program Officer

A huge transport infrastructure project to link Kenya’s coast, Juba in South Sudan, and Ethiopia by 2030 is raising questions about the potential impact on the livelihoods of pastoralists, and protection and compensation for those adversely affected.In Lamu, some families have been displaced by port construction work and are yet to be compensated, according to Shakila Abdalla, a Lamu Member of Parliament, who noted that there had been inadequate environmental impact assessments, and that Lamu’s infrastructure might not be able to cope with the expected influx of people. Lamu’s population is about 102,000 but could more than double by 2017, noted Ms Abdalla.

A huge transport infrastructure project to link Kenya’s coast, Juba in South Sudan, and Ethiopia by 2030 is raising questions about the potential impact on the livelihoods of pastoralists, and protection and compensation for those adversely affected.In Lamu, some families have been displaced by port construction work and are yet to be compensated, according to Shakila Abdalla, a Lamu Member of Parliament, who noted that there had been inadequate environmental impact assessments, and that Lamu’s infrastructure might not be able to cope with the expected influx of people. Lamu’s population is about 102,000 but could more than double by 2017, noted Ms Abdalla. According to Abdikadir Omar, MP for Balambala in Garissa County, eastern-central Kenya, while Lapsset will go through an area that has never been developed before, there are concerns about potential adverse effects on pastoral livelihoods with the blocking off of migratory routes. There is a need to address these problems from a host community point of view, before a camel and a bulldozer are facing each other’ the issue of land and its management is central to the Lapsset project  

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Turkana herders cry foul over police operation

 

turkana herdersHerders from the Turkana community in Isiolo are crying foul following Saturday’s police operation in which 230 cows were seized in Attan in an exercise meant to identify stolen animals. The animals were on Friday rounded up to aid in the recovery of 68 cows stolen from Meru herders in Kandebene, Tigania East last Wednesday.

A Kenya Police Reservist (KPR) was shot dead and his firearm stolen during the attack. More than 100 herders from the Turkana community camped at Isiolo stadium on Friday night awaiting the release of their animals.

The animals are under tight security by police. Mr Christopher Akuye, a Turkana herder, accused police of subjecting them to unnecessary punishment instead of dealing with criminals.

He denied claims that the community was hiding rustlers and challenged the security officers to arrest those criminals. They also accused police of physical harassment while driving the animals from their manyattas.

The Meru herders, also camping at the stadium’s gate, claimed to have identified at least 10 of their stolen animals among the animals. Seventeen suspected raiders were arrested in connection with cattle theft.

Isiolo Deputy County Commissioner Kipchumba Rutto said the animals seized will be held until all the 68 cows stolen during the raid in Tigania East are returned. He said Isiolo and Meru security teams were pursuing other attackers. “We will not release the animals until the 68 stolen cattle are returned to their rightful owners and criminals identified. We will secure all animals until the matter is resolved,” said Mr Rutto.

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Transport paralysed at Olololung’a as rioting residents block Narok-Bomet road

cows hitHundreds of travellers to and from western Kenya were on Sunday stranded for hours at Olololung’a when residents blocked the Narok-Bomet road to protest the deaths of 20 cows run over by a lorry. The early morning accident occurred at Orgilai bridge when a Narok bound lorry ploughed into the animals that were crossing the road. Several cows were injured.

There was a 10-kilometre snarl-up before police officers arrived. Narok Police Commander Abdi Galgalo arrived at the scene accompanied by riot officers. He asked for reinforcements of Administration and regular police officers from Narok North and South to help deal with the situation.

They arrived after three hours. Mr Galgalo, who was accompanied by County Traffic Commander Jane Nyaga and Narok South OCPD Joseph Kipkuri said officers arrived at the scene on time but their pleas to the herders to calm down fell on deaf ears, compelling them to use force. “Vehicles from Nairobi to western Kenya have been diverted to the Nakuru-Kericho route,” said Mr Galgalo.

MPs Patrick ole Ntutu (Narok West), his Narok South counterpart Korei Lemei and Emurua Dikirr MP Johanna Ng’eno arrived at the scene and blamed police for using force. “We are not happy with the handling of the matter. The police officers even threatened to shoot innocent residents who were only demanding their rights,” said Mr Ntutu. The MPs said they would push for gazettement of speed limit of vehicles plying the Narok route, “because our region is a livestock and wildlife area”.

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17 arrested, 230 animals seized in Isiolo over cattle rustling

arrest in isioloSeventeen suspected raiders were Friday arrested at Attan in Isiolo in connection with cattle rustling in Meru. During the operation, 230 animals were seized from the community where the suspects come from, to be held until all the 68 cows stolen during the raid in Tigania East are returned. Isiolo Deputy County Commissioner Kipchumba Rutto, who led the operation, said more than 200 officers from Meru and Isiolo counties are pursuing other attackers.

“The 230 animals have been taken from the community whose members are believed to have stolen the animals. This is accordance to the Boma Declaration. The suspects will help us in investigations,” said Mr Rutto. During Wednesday’s raid, a Kenya Police Reservist (KPR) officer was killed and his firearm stolen. The DCC further noted that security officers will compel the villagers to return the stolen animals and surrender the armed raiders hiding in the area. He noted that chiefs and their assistants will be held accountable if they failed to produce a list of known criminals within their jurisdictions.

CONDONE CATTLE THEFT

Three administrators have already been put on notice for condoning cattle theft in their areas. Last week, Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery instructed county chiefs to employ the Boma Declaration and to ensure all stolen animals are returned to the owners. “Following the CS’s directive, we have taken intense measures to curb insecurity caused by cattle theft,” added the administrator. The recovered animals were driven to the Isiolo Police Station. 

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Samburu leaders call for search of missing persons


Samburu leaders in Isiolo County have urged the area's security team to assist the locals search for missing persons who fled following an operation to flush out bandits. According to the area MCA David Lemantile, the whereabouts 

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of at least four children and a woman are unknown since the Friday operation in Ngarendare location. The MCA added that more than 60 animals have also unaccounted for.

Mr Moses Lerosion, a local leader, accused police officers of firing randomly during the operation instead of targeting the criminals. Mr Lerosion said villagers were forced to run away to save their lives. However, the Isiolo County Commissioner George Natembeya denied the allegations saying that only a herder went missing Friday during the operation and they are searching for him. Mr Natembeya said three police officers sustained injuries during the operation when they ambushed the bandits’ hideout.

The county commissioner said the bandits had killed three people and seriously injured one in Leparua on the Isiolo-Laikipia border last week. Last week, Samburu and Ndorobo morans clashed over a land dispute. Mr Natembeya said the exercise was conducted to restore order in the cattle rustling prone area. “The government wants to restore order in the area. We want to ensure that locals were secured by driving away the criminals who have been terrorising the two communities,” said the Commissioner. The county commissioner added that the operation is still ongoing and more than 200 officers drawn from Isiolo, Meru and Laikipia Counties are participating.

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