Nkaissery says state has no plans to buy land for herders

‘Any herder, who will not have moved his live­stock by Mon­day, will have his an­i­mals con­fis­cated and sold by the gov­ern­ment. Only those with agree­ments will be spared’

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics | General - ELIUD WAITHAKA @TheS­tarKenya

The na­tional gov­ern­ment has no plans of re­set­tling im­mi­grant herders in its lands or buy pri­vate ranches in Laikipia county for them, In­te­rior CS Joseph Nkaissery has said.

He dis­missed ru­mours by some politi­cians that the gov­ern­ment wanted to re­set­tle herders on the ADC Mu­tara Farm and in pri­vate ranches.

Speak­ing at the Catholic Hall in Ru­mu­ruti town on Fri­day, the CS di­rected herders to va­cate pri­vate farms in Laikipia im­me­di­ately, as a dis­ar­ma­ment ex­er­cise that had been stopped will re­sume. “Any herder who will not have moved his live­stock by Mon­day [to­day], will have his an­i­mals con­fis­cated and sold by the gov­ern­ment. Only those with writ­ten agree­ments with landown­ers will be spared,” Nkaissery said.

He said all im­mi­grant herders from Sam­buru, Baringo and Isi­olo coun­ties, who have been il­le­gally graz­ing on pri­vate ranches, should pack and go.

The CS said the gov­ern­ment is aware the in­se­cu­rity that has hit the county in the re­cent past is not pas­ture-re­lated, but a well-cal­cu­lated move to evict some com­mu­ni­ties from the re­gion. The in­se­cu­rity has left six peo­ple dead, sev­eral nurs­ing gun­shot wounds and hun­dreds of an­i­mals stolen.

The CS also di­rected a re­sump­tion of an op­er­a­tion to mop up all il­le­gal firearms that had started but was later stopped. This did not go down well with nom­i­nated Sen­a­tor Naisula Le­su­uda and Sam­buru woman rep­re­sen­ta­tive Mai­son Leshoomo, who were present. They urged the CS to let the lead­ers first talk with their com­mu­ni­ties be­fore the dis­ar­ma­ment re­sumes.

How­ever, res­i­dents booed and shouted Le­su­uda down.

Laikipia lead­ers said that Laikipia is not a colony of Sam­buru and they would not al­low im­mi­grants to dic­tate how the county will be run.

Laikipia West MP Wachira Karani said there is no way they would al­low crim­i­nals to ter­rorise res­i­dents and urged the two lead­ers from Sam­buru to re­spect the will of Laikipia res­i­dents.

Nom­i­nated MP Sarah Korere said most an­i­mals be­ing grazed in Laikipia be­long to se­nior peo­ple from Sam­buru.

Laikipia North MP Mathew Lem­purkel was ab­sent. He has been ac­cused of work­ing with Sam­buru MPs to stop the dis­ar­ma­ment drive and was fre­quently men­tioned in con­nec­tion with the chaos that has marred the county.

Laikipia East MP Mu­tahi Ki­maru, woman rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jane Apol­los, Sen­a­tor GG Kar­iuki and Gov­er­nor Joshua Irungu at­tended the meet­ing.

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