Aspirant Kodera blames cartel for cattle rustling
A powerful cartel in the meat industry is responsible for cattle rustling on the Kericho-Kisumu border, Nyakach hopeful MP Vincent Kodera has said. He urged the government to end the cattle theft and inter-clan clashes.
On Monday, two cows were stolen at Holo. They were later recovered and one suspect arrested. Kodera said if the theft is not checked it might lead to violence between the Luo and Kipsigis who have lived together peacefully for years.
County commissioners Mohammed Maalim (Kisumu) and Mukhtar Abdi (Kericho) on Wednesday convened a joint security meeting at Sondu. It was resolved that victims be compelled to be testify for the state to help the prosecution build a strong case .
The commissioners directed chiefs to prepare a list of suspected cattle rustlers. They said cattle thieves will now face robbery with violence charges instead of stock theft.
But Kodera dismissed the security meetings, saying they are not the solution. “Why is it that immediately after such meetings there are more cases of cattle thieving?” he asked. “... it is high time the government put an end to property destruction and unnecessary deaths.”