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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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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More tourists visit Isiolo as security improves, herders and bandits kicked out of parks

isioloThe number of tourists visiting Isiolo has increased following improved security in national parks and reserves in the county after herders who had been grazing their animals there were kicked out. The sector had suffered a blow in revenue collection following a decline in tourist numbers due to clashes between herders in the parks, cattle rustling and inter-community clashes. In 2015, tourists had boycotted the Buffalo Springs, Shaba and Bisanadi game reserves due to insecurity.

The county Tourism executive Suleiman Shunu said most of the game lodges were now fully booked since December 2015 after rangers flashed out bandits and herders grazing their animals in parks. He said the county government was working to revive the parks that were ranked second nationally in hospitality after those in Narok County which used to be managed by the defunct county council. Mr Shunu added that the parks had been turned into a battle field by bandits hence scaring away the tourists.

INCREASED REVENUE

Although it is a low-season for tourists, the county executive said the sector’s revenue had increased after insecurity was contained. At least 50 people died during the conflict pitting the Samburu and Turkana communities. In October 2015, 12 tourists were caught up in a shootout between herders at Buffalo Springs.

Five lions were poisoned by herders and eight Grevy’s zebras and two ostriches killed during the clashes. The executive also revealed that the number of rangers will be increased to counter any resistance from herders grazing their animals in the parks. “The number of bandits had surpassed our rangers who were less than 40. The herders had also resorted to killing the wildlife for game meat,” he said. “The parks are only meant for the wild animals and cattle grazing there will not be allowed,” added Mr Shunu.

EDUCATE COMMUNITIES

He said the communities living along the parks will be educated on wildlife management and conservation. Earlier, the county government used to collect Sh200 million as revenue from the parks, but during the 2014-2015 financial year, it generated only Sh68 million. Mr Shunu was optimistic that the revenue generated from the sector would increase.

During celebrations to mark the third anniversary of the county government, Isiolo Governor Godana Doyo announced that his administration would partner with Safari Airlink to fly tourists directly from Nairobi to Isiolo game parks to spur tourism. The county government was also looking for possibilities of leasing out the three parks to the African Park Management Organization which revives parks in Africa.

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