Tension as chaos erupt in Rumuruti in Laikipia West

Tension is high in Rumuruti town, Laikipia West after farmers clashed with herders who allegedly invaded their farms in search of pasture.

Two people were injured in the ensuing protests by Marura farmers who attacked the illegal grazers.

The chaos have paralysed business in the town that was slowly picking up after a series of bandit attacks that have led to loss of lives and property.

The incident also comes in the wake of an ongoing operation in the County to flush out bandits from Ol Moran and nearby ranches and conservancies.

Speaking to the press, Rumuruti Township Ward representative Joseph Suge said that Marura residents were the most affected since the area is inhabited by both farmers and pastoralist communities.

Fredrick Njuguna, a member of the Rumuruti business community decried the heavy losses incurred in the past two weeks due to the rising tension in the area.

Njuguna said a move by the farmers to seize the cows that invaded their farms sparked the clashes with the grazers that spilled into the town.

The victims who sustained deep cuts were rushed to Rumuruti Sub County Hospital.

Charles Mbatiah complained of laxity by police and the local administration in responding to the situation.

The government has declared Laikipia Nature Conservancy and its environs a security disturbed areas therefore a security operation zone.

The rebuilding of homes razed down by bandits has begun in earnest as calm slowly returns to the county.

Additional reporting and images by Lydia Mwangi



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