KNA Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i has directed that all illegal herders within Laikipia County leave the area within the next seven days.
Dr. Matiang’i said that failure by the invaders to leave the area will lead to a massive crack operation by security agencies to flush them out of the farms they have invaded.
“What we are planning to do in the next seven days is a crack operation, we will be merciless and very firm that’s why we have given them (invaders) the seven days to leave voluntarily if you know you are here illegally, failure to which we shall be forced to do what the government is supposed to do,” Matiang’i said.
Speaking on Wednesday in Laikipia County when he led a high powered security delegation that included Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai and Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya at Naibor Anti-Stock Theft Unit to asses security situation in the area, the CS noted that the government was concerned about the increased invasions by illegal herders from neighbouring counties that has seen cases of armed violent conflicts rise sharply.
“I know some people might start complaining that human rights are being violated and that the government is brutal and what have you. As a government we cannot sit and watch as criminals destroy other people’s property we must act accordingly. We will not come there to hug you or kiss you,” warned Matiang’i.
The interior CS further warned that politicians inciting people to invade farms and steal livestock that they would be arrested promptly and arraigned in court.
“I have directed that any politician in Laikipia found to be inciting residents into cattle rustling and invasion of other people’s farms be arrested immediately and charged in court, we cannot have lawlessness in the name of politics,” he added.
Laikipia Governor Ndiritu Muriithi who was also present cautioned politicians against inciting pastoralists in the area into causing anarchy by invading other people’s farms and stealing livestock.
“Even if we are so much into politics, we cannot allow the same to bring hatred and anarchy amongst our people,” Ndiritu said.
Laikipia North MP Sarah Korere urged the CS to consider establishing three more Anti-Stock Theft Unit at Naduoro, Tura and Mbombo and arming of local police reservists to assist in combating cattle rustling.
“Pastoralists from our neighbouring countriess are heavily armed and that why our people are always suffering the brunt of the attacks, so it’s important to strengthen the local security machinery to combat the menace,” Korere said.