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Powerful people financing cattle rustling, claims MP

08 May 2015, 09:43 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Loima MP, Protus Akujah has claimed that powerful persons are funding cattle rustling for commercial purposes in pastoralist communities.

Akujah said cattle rustling is unlawful contrary to common perception among pastoral communities that it is a cultural practice, which the government should respond to in full force by prosecuting the perpetrators.

“This is a commercial practice because no herd of cattle has been recovered after the rustling. There are powerful people in towns and cities financing the practice for rustled cattle to be loaded in trucks and transported to meat markets in Uganda, Nairobi and Chwele in Bungoma,” claimed Akujah.

He raised concerns that most affected Turkana and Pokot communities are desperate and in dire need of security since the government seems to neglect them.

“Pastoralist communities in Baringo, Turkana and West Pokot counties are so desperate of security to a point that they can accept Al Shabaab radicalization because the government does not help them. The government should ensure that everyone is secure and stop any bandit attacks,” said Akujah.  

Read Also: Security beefed up in Turkana following bandit attack

The National Assembly Administration and National Security chair, Asman Kamama said his committee is frustrated by the manner in which residents along the Turkana and Pokot borders were killed with impunity despite the government deploying security officers in the region.

“We are deeply concerned by the horrifying cattle rustling and attacks in the North Rift. We are losing many lives in the region than terror attacks and the security officers should up their game in providing security,” said Kamama.

He revealed that Anti-Stock Unit officers in the region take long to respond to the banditry attacks leading to continued loss of lives.

“The Kenya Police Reservist unit should be deployed in the area because they work better than the Anti-Stock Unit. The government should also work closely with local politicians and administrators to find a home-grown solution to community clashes,” said Kamama.  

The legislators who were speaking at a news conference at Parliament Building lauded the Kenya Red Cross team for moving with haste to assist victims of the bandit attack and the media for informing the public about the heinous killings of innocent people at Nadome area along the Turkana-Pokot border.

The Turkana-Pokot bandit attack claimed lives of more than 50 people and left scores injured.

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