Two killed during cattle rustling
Tension is high in Suyian area of Samburu North after two people were killed on Friday evening and more than a thousand herds of cattle stolen by armed bandits.
The raiders, suspected also drove away 1,200 goats and sheep.
The Friday evening incident left three people with gunshot wounds after the more than 100 rustlers’ ambushed Samburu herders who were taking livestock back home from Namuranyang grazing field.
The Samburu County Red Cross Coordinator, Maurice Onyango confirmed that two people succumbed to gunshot wounds while the injured were rushed to a dispensary in Barsaloi.
Speaking to the press on Saturday morning, Onyango said residents had joined hands to intensify their efforts in search of the stolen livestock.
The Nursing Officer in charge of Barsaloi dispensary, Harun Kebut confirmed that they had received three patients with gunshot wounds on Friday evening.
A ten-year-old girl sustained a left leg injury, a 16-year-old boy was injured on the right hand while a 20-year-old boy had wounds one the high
‘’we were able to stabilize one of them and we referred the other two to Maralal for specialized treatment,’’ said Kebut.
Speaking at the scene, Ndoto ward MCA, Rais Letora blamed the police for laxity in responding to cattle rustling cases.
“We have a police post two kilometers from where the bandits hit but they intentionally failed to respond.” He said.
The MCA called on the Interior Cabinet Secretary (CS), Dr. Fred Matiang’i to prioritize the eradication of cattle rustling in the county to avoid further loss of lives and property.
‘’We are not ruling out that the police might be colluding with the rustlers but it meets more than the eye that whenever there is a cattle raid here the police land cruiser is away, this is the third time now,’’ lamented the representative.
The Suyian location Chief, Karoli Lalaur said efforts by the residents to avert the raid were futile as administration police officers based at Suyian AP post failed to respond to the distress call.
He said the armed rustlers barricaded a route connecting Suyian village to the grazing field as others drove away the stolen livestock.
Lalaur added that the bandits overpowered all the villagers, Armed Conservancy Rangers and National Police Reservists in the more than two-hour fierce gun fight.
The Chief lamented that this was the third incident in the region in less than one year.
Area governor, Moses Lenolkulal said a permanent solution should be found to contain a handful killers who roam Samburu North with impunity.
“We need to end the continuous mourning of our people because of few known criminal elements and I call on Interior CS to intervene immediately,” he said.
By Robert Githu