By DAVID MACHARIA
Rumuruti: The government will not allow illegal occupation of peoples’ land by herders in Laikipia County, the Laikipia West Deputy County Commissioner, Mr Joel Cherop has warned.
He said herders from neighbouring counties who have driven their animals into the County due to drought should not graze in people farms without consent.
“The government will not sit back as a security of the people is threatened by those invading people farms and destroying crops or grazing on grass without permission,” Mr Cherop said.
He said all people were welcome to the county provided they observed law and order. He said they had requested for reinforcement to deal with the law breaking herders.
Speaking at the Rumuruti Full Gospel Church compound, in Rumuruti town on Friday, when Governor Joshua Irungu handed over water tanks to various groups, Mr Cherop said the national government supported all development projects undertaken by the County government.
“We in the national government support developments undertaken by the County government because they are meant to benefit the people,” the administrator said.
He said investors were welcome to invest in Laikipia West Sub County.
Governor Irungu said although the County faced insecurity due to the herders driving their animals in people’s land, the matter was being blown out of context by outsiders through the media.
Two police officers including the Laikipia West OCPD, Mr Merengo Moherai were shot and injured last week when they engaged the illegally-armed herders in shootout.
“We should not allow outsiders to pretend to handle our security matters, because they are not presenting the true picture of the matter,” the governor said.
He said the skirmishes witnessed in Miteta area of the County was due to utterances by people who want to cash in on the violence to get an agenda for campaign.