Man Shot Dead in Ol Moran, Laikipia as Bandits Make Away With Livestock

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Tension is high in Wangwaci area of Ol Moran Ward, Laikipia County after a 64-year-old man was shot dead by suspected armed bandits on Wednesday.

The attackers, believed to have come from the volatile Laikipia Nature Conservancy, shot dead Charles Maina at Corner Mawe section about 500 metres from where a multi-agency security team is digging a trench along the Conservancy road from Wangwachi to Kamwenje.

The trench is aimed to serve as a barrier for the marauding animals migrating from the conservancy in search of water and pasture into nearby farmlands destroying crops in the process.

The deceased who was herding his cattle was shot five times in the head and three times in the chest.He died on the spot.

The bandits later drove away 30 herds of cattle towards the Laikipia Nature Conservancy.

Mr Samuel Ruchuiri who escaped the attack, said they were both herding their animals at the Corner Mawe area when armed bandits ambushed them and attacked at around 3pm.

They later rounded their cows’ drove them away before they went from where the deceased was hiding and shot him right eight times.

He added that KDF officers who are excavating the trench had in the earlier assured them that they were safe while grazing their animals in the area.

Ruchuiri wondered  how the bandits crossed the conservancy’s fence to come and attacked them and later drove away their animals from where the team of officers were.

Security agents have come under sharp focus for failing to end banditry and cattle rustling.

The volatile conservancy which is located in Laikipia West is a home to a contingent of security officers, including KDF, General Service Unit, Rapid Deployment Unit and the Kenya Forest Service wardens. They are currently conducting an operation.

Ol Moran Ward MCA, George Karuiru said that it was not clear to them how the government keeps on saying that there wass an ongoing operation at the conservancy yet bandits come from their hideouts and drive away their stolen livestock through the same conservancy.

Earlier in the day, a group of leaders from Isiolo county had gone to the conservancy to plead for safe passage to drive their animals away from the conservancy.

The Ward Rep noted that it was unfortunate that the government had earlier given 48 hours for herders to drive away their livestock from the conservancy yet thousands of animals were still grazing at the conservancy.

Residents live in fear that the bandits may be planning major attacks.

Ms Susan Njeri said that the government should do less talking and more actions saying that residents were tired of empty promises from the government

The death brings to 13 the number of people who have been kill in Ol Moran ward in the last one month.

The body of the deceased was taken to Sipili Funeral home.

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