, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 6 — The Director of Criminal investigations Ndegwa Muhoro is in Laikipia to launch a probe into the weekend killing of British rancher Tristan Voorspuy by bandits.
The rancher, one of the directors of Sosian Ranch in Laikipia and a former British army officer according to reports, was riding on a horse to inspect the damage at one of the lodges that was torched last Friday by bandits.
According to Martin Evans, the Chairman of Laikipia Ranchers Association, Voorspuy was inspecting the damaged caused by the raiders when the attackers open 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.
On Saturday, a police helicopter was shot at in the same farm as security officers carried out aerial surveillance where illegal grazers and bandits have continued to wreak havoc.
Initial reports suggested that Inspector General of Police was in the targeted helicopter but he denied the reports saying he had already left the area.
In response to the incident, British High Commissioner to Kenya Nic Hailey stated: “Alongside other international partners, I have repeatedly conveyed to the Kenyan authorities over the past months the United Kingdom’s deep concern at the situation in parts of Laikipia… and continue to urge the Kenyan authorities to take all necessary steps urgently to restore law and order, and to protect life and property in the area.”