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Govt moves to make amends for livestock slaughtered in security operation

Kiunjuri said the committee must clear with the matter in two weeks’ time/COURTESY

LAIKIPIA, Kenya, Jul 2 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered for the compensation of Samburu herders whose animals were shot dead by police in Laikipia County.

The animals were shot dead by police and army during an operation to flash out illegal grazers in private ranches in Laikipia West several months ago.

President Kenyatta has already ordered Devolution Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri and his Agriculture counterpart Will Bett to form a committee that will see all those affected are compensated before elections.

The two are the co-chairs while Livestock Permanent Secretary Dr Richard Lesiyampe is the technical chair.

Others who are in the committee are Samburu Governor Moses Kasaine, Samburu West MP Lati Lelelit,  Nominated Senator Leisula Naisuda among others.

Others from Laikipia are nominated MP Sarah Korere and Laikipia Governor, Joshua Irungu.

Elders from both counties too have been incorporated in the committee that has already started its fact-finding mission.

According to both Lesiyampe and Kiunjuri, all those who were wounded and their property destroyed will also be compensated.

Samburu Governor Kasaine has said more than 300 people, a majority from his county, were affected.

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More than 1,000-1,500 cattle and 50,000 goats and sheep were shot dead.

Kasaine said they have proposed that each cow killed be compensated at a rate of Sh40,000 and Sh5,000 for each goat and sheep.

Kiunjuri said the committee must clear with the matter in two weeks’ time.

It will also propose lasting solution to such conflict.

The leaders were speaking in Samburu where they distributed food as they campaigned for the re-election of President Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto.

They promised the Samburu community, which was most affected, that such thing will not take place again.


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