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Two of Kibaki’s kin Shot by Illegal Grazers

14 July 2016, 21:03

Nairobi - Former President Mwai Kibaki’s kin is nursing gunshot wounds at the Nyahururu County referral hospital, after he was shot by suspected illegal grazers.

According to Former Laikipia West MP Mr Nderitu Muriithi, Mr John Wachira Mwai, who managed his family’s ranch on the outskirts of Rumuruti town, Laikipia County, was injured when a group of bandits attacked him last evening.

“He is my first cousin and manages the vast Wambara Ranch belonging to his late father Mr George Mwai. He sustained serious injuries on his right shoulder and left thigh but he is in a stable condition at the moment,” said the former MP.

Confirming the 7 pm incident Rumuruti police station OCS Mr Samuel Cheruiyot said that preliminary investigations shows that the ranch was shot two times at a close range.

He said that in the recent past illegal grazers have invaded private ranches in the area, in search of pasture.

“The area has been a battle ground between grazers from Maralal, Baringo and Isiolo counties, who invade the ranches in search of pasture,” he noted.

Mr Cheruiyot added that efforts to sensitize them on the need to respect private land, has hit a null as they claim Laikipia is their land and have no regard for any ‘foreigner’.

 The police officer added that the invasion is a security threat as the police have continually been victims of the grazers who flouted the law.

“Police officers were shot at and a number of them sustained injuries when they tried to intervene a situation at Mutara ranch, last month,” he informed, adding that a stakeholder’s forum would be convened to

Speaking to the News 24 on phone, former Rumuruti Town councilor Mr John Elaman said that Mr Wachira was strict and did not entertain illegal grazers on the vast ranch that stretches miles into Nanyuki town, in Laikipia east sub-county.Ends

- MyNews24

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