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British government urges Kenya to enhance security in ranches

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- The British government on Monday called on Kenyan authorities to beef up security in Laikipia County where a British rancher was killed by herders on Sunday night.

Nic Hailey, British High Commissioner to Kenya said in a statement issued in Nairobi that he was "deeply saddened by the murder of the former British Army officer Tristan Voorspuy by armed raiders in northern Kenya.

"I was deeply saddened by the murder of Tristan Voorspuy, a dual Kenyan/British national shot dead at Sosian ranch in Laikipia on Sunday.

"The British High Commission is in touch with his family to provide support at this difficult time," Hailey said.

The rancher was riding on a horse to inspect the damage at one of the lodges that was torched last Friday by bandits.

The father of two, Voorspuy was inspecting the damage caused by the raiders when the attackers opened fire on him.

He died on the spot and it took hours for his body to be collected since there were fears the bandits were still lurking in the bushes.

Voorspuy who was raised in Sussex, southeast England and served for six years in the British Army before turning to tour guiding is a shareholder in Sosian Ranch.

The British envoy urged the Kenyan authorities to take all necessary steps urgently to restore law and order, and to protect life and property in the area.

The armed pastoralists from the Pokot, Maasai and Samburu communities have allegedly caused insecurity in the area, attacking some of the white owned ranches in Laikipia.

The herders have been reportedly forcing themselves into the ranch with their livestock in search of pasture and burnt down the lodge and the main gate.


Armed pastoralists shoot down British rancher in Laikipia County



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