Residents of Narasha Village at the boundary of Laikipia and Isiolo Counties have called on the Inspector General of Police to order the return of their 107 herd of cattle that was taken by security officers from them.
The residents who are now living in the cold after their Manyattas were destroyed by officers from Laikipia county who were pursuing animals that had been stolen from Tiamamut Group ranch a week ago said that they are only suffering for being at the boundary.
They noted that during the raid in Laikipia where 83 herds of cattle were stolen and driven towards Samburu East they were unaware and police have no right to take their animals to compensate those stolen.
According to the Isiolo County Boundary and Conflict Resolution Secretary Albert Lemasulani, it has become a common thing for security officers to take animals from villagers once there is a raid instead of following up the real culprits who they have their names.
Lemasulani noted that the Narash community through the Samburu Council of elders had given leads to where the stolen animals might have been take and upon follow ups eight cows and two donkeys were recovered in Wamba.
He wondered why the police never followed that route for the other animals something that have forced the community to seek court orders so that they can get their animals back.
However, police officers in Laikipia North refused to act on the court orders given to return the animals until the matter is heard.
Lob Lemantile the Chairman Samburu council of Elders Isiolo chapter called on the police to agree the support they are giving as a council as this could be the only way to foster harmony and good coexistence at the Boundary.
Lemantile said that it is the duty of police officers to follow criminals and not to punish those who are neighbouring where a crime has occurred.
Narida Noonkuta a mother said that their children were suffering for lack of milk and accused the police of burning their houses and taking their animals for the second time now.
The Laikipia isiolo Border has been experiencing attacks and cattle raids and over seven people have so far been killed during the attacks something that the government needs to address before it escalates.
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