Armed thieves steal more than 200 herds of cattle in Marsabit – KBC
More than 200 herds of cattle were stolen when an unknown number of armed thieves struck the El Dimtu area in Sololo sub-county of Marsabit County on Saturday evening.
The incident took place as long-awaited rains began to fall in the region, posing an additional threat to the county’s peacebuilding efforts by the government and its partners.
Marsabit County Commissioner Paul Rotich said security personnel had been deployed to pursue looters to recover stolen livestock and arrest the culprits.
Mr. Rotich warned against clinging to traditional practices banned by some of the members of local pastoral communities whom he described as both criminal and backward.
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The county commissioner appealed for the support of all communities in the peacebuilding process to create a conducive condition for development.
He called on local leaders and politicians to team up with the government to stem the hostile activities that have long made peace elusive in the region.
Mr. Rotich said that many investments to keep the peace were underway, including the drilling of water wells and dams to provide enough water for people and their livestock.
“There will be no respite until the stolen animals are recovered and returned to the owners,” he said and urged calm.
He cautioned against the divisive policy, however, adding that the outdated and now banned practice of looting livestock was the main cause of mistrust and enmity among local communities.
Moyale Constituency MP Qalicha Gufu called on security guards to move quickly and recover stolen animals.
Mr. Gufu regretted that cattle rustling deprives pastoral communities of their only source of income.
The MP said the crime reverses gains made in poverty reduction efforts and called for decisive action to eradicate cattle rustling.
Marsabit County was rocked by a severe drought and, given the rains triggered the incident, it was likely to be seen as motivated by a desire to restock.
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