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Thursday, 18 October 2012

Man shot by raiders and several animals stolen

 By Rose Nyambura

One person was shot and seriously injured by raiders in Ng’elecha sub-location Marigat district early Monday. The 5am incident saw the raiders escape with 150 herds of cattle and a flock of 1000 which has not been recovered since then.

Herder fleeing attack by raiders (Photo: Dennis Kipkirui)
Johnstone Lomatice Chesang’, 16 who is a form two student at Sabor High School is currently receiving treatment at Sipili Nursing Home. He was rescued by the Red Cross team and taken to the hospital after being given first aid. Chesang’ was shot on the right thigh but is now in stable condition. Part of his animals have been driven to Sipili for safety.

It is suspected that the raiders came from the neighboring Pokot area. Eye witnesses allege that they were speaking Pokot dialect.They raided five villages while wielding dangerous weapons that included guns.

The security situation in the area is dire. Residents have fled their villages for fear of subsequent attacks. By the time LRV went on press, the security situation was still wanting with no response from the government since the attack occurred on Monday. An interview, conducted with one of the fleeing victims revealed that the area has been ignored and have since witnessed a series of attacks. 
Part of the flock being driven to safety after attack (Photo: Dennis Kipkirui)

LRV met a herd of 1000 cattle and a flock of 500 being driven to a more secure place in Minjore, Laikipia district for fear of another attack. The Pastoralists were angered by the way government responded to their predicament. They pleaded with the government to be more proactive in responding to frequent attacks facing the area.

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