NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya will deploy additional security
personnel in the northern frontier districts that have
experienced insecurity occasioned by cattle rustling,
inter-tribal skirmishes and invasion of private ranches,
officials said on Monday.
Cabinet Secretary for
Internal Security, Joseph Nkaissery told reporters in Nairobi
that the government will deal firmly with criminal elements
involved in cattle raids, poaching and killing of civilians in
Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet and Laikipia counties.
"We have substantially increased the number of police
officers and reservists to bolster security in counties
grappling with cattle rustling, murder, destruction of property
and poaching," said Nkaissery.
His remarks came in the wake of killing of a dual British/
Kenyan national, Tristan Voorspuy on Sunday by armed herders in
the expansive Sosian Ranch which he co-owned.
The Sosian ranch which is located in Laikipia County is the
latest epicenter of clashes between big land owners and
pastoralists over water and pasture.
Nkaissery said the security agencies have been instructed to
flush out herders who have illegally occupied private ranches in
"So far, illegal grazers have been cleared from sixteen
ranches and the director of criminal investigations is leading a
probe aimed at apprehending those inciting them to commit the
criminal act," said Nkaissery.
Kenya has been on the global spotlight since mid-February
when inter-tribal skirmishes, cattle rustling and invasion of
private ranches by herders escalated.
Nkaissery blamed severe drought that and attendant
competition for scarce water and pasture for escalating the
He at the time noted that criminal elements have taken
advantage of the volatile situation in drought hit northern
frontier districts to engage in banditry and poaching.
Nkaissery said that action will be taken against political
leaders who incite local communities to occupy private ranches
that are a major source of tourism revenue.
He revealed police have far arrested 379 illegal grazers in
Laikipia County while additional police camps have been
established in Baringo and Elgeyo Marakwet to bolster security.
On his part, Kenya’s cabinet secretary for tourism, Najib
Balala said insecurity in the northern frontier districts bode
ill for the country’s reputation as a prized destination for
"We are closely monitoring the volatile security situation in
the northern parts of the country and have enhanced inter-agency
collaboration to minimize risks to the tourism sector," said
Rising insecurity in Kenya’s vast and arid northern region
ahead of August 8 general elections has worried investors and
Pundits warned that tribal tensions and increased cases of
banditry could undermine economic growth and peaceful political
transition in the east African nation.
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