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Cattle rustling sparks tension in Laikipia

03 March 2013, 10:35 James Kabotia

A man aged 42 and a child aged 10 incurred serious injuries after they were sprayed with bullets by cattle rustlers in Laikipia West.

The two are fighting for their lives at the Nyahururu District Hospital.

Paul Lotereng and Francis Ekale were attacked by the armed rustlers in their home at Lonyiek area in Laikipia West District on Friday night.

According to area resident Benson Kamaara, an unknown number of rustlers invaded the homestead and also made away with 117 goats.

On Monday, five armed gangsters invaded Mutarakwa village in the same District and murdered William Kemboi aged 28 years before eloping with more than 100 livestock.

Until now, the animals suspected to have been ferried to East Pokot area have not been recovered.

Kamaara has said that tension has engulfed the entire area, forcing residents to shift from their homes due to increased cases of cattle rustling.

He has also noted that they might fail to turn up for the forthcoming General elections on Monday because of grief.

The District Police Boss Francio Nyamatari has confirmed the crimes saying that his officers are hunting down the cattle rustlers who were armed with AK 47 rifles.

He has also confirmed that tight police surveillance has been established at Laikipia-Baringo border, adding that additional police troops have been sent from Nakuru for the same excersise.

However, he has refuted claims that some residents are shifting from the region, saying that the crimes are just normal and that tight security will be enhanced.

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