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Nyakach residents raise red flag over cattle theft

15 January 2013, 14:23 Oduor Omondi

Residents of North Nyakach have threatened to hold ‘the mother of all protests’ over the rampant cases of insecurity connected to cattle rustling in the region.

The residents say they are living in constant fear of attack due to the steady increase in livestock theft in the area.

According to Rogers Ogolla, the attackers have made it a habit of striking at the dead of the night or at the wee hours of morning when most people are asleep.

“The region borders Belgut and Ainamoi constituencies and we suspect that the animals stolen here are taken there,” says Ogolla.

He further claimed that so far more than 20 families have been attacked repeatedly and some family members killed in the process.

“The attackers come armed with sharp machetes and poisoned arrows that they use to threaten their victims," he revealed.

The residents now want police to look into the matter before the general election saying the continuous incidences of cattle theft and killing of innocent neighbors are spurring hostility in North Nyakach.

The most recent incident took place on December 29 last year when a middle-aged woman was robbed off her three cows, six goats and later killed.

The deceased, Pamela Ayieko, is said to have been attacked at midnight in her house.

Her son John Ayieko told journalists that on the fateful night, he heard voices of about 10 men who were approaching her mother’s house as he was sleeping in a separate house.

“I later heard screams from my mother’s house but when I responded I saw no one in the vicinity. The livestock in the herd were all gone and my mother was lying in a pool of blood with her head and back deeply cut,” lamented Ayieko.

Area assistant chief Jacob Onditi confirmed that there has been an increase in stock theft in the region and that the incidences had been forwarded to the officer in charge of security for investigations.

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