In Summary

  • They accused the county government of continuing to conserve idle land at the expense of the grazers.
  • The herders are mostly from Pangani, Lumshi, Koreni, Mkunumbi and Hongwe.
  • They also urged Governor Issa Timamy, MPs and other county leaders to visit their villages.

Pastoralists in Lamu has asked the county government to allocate them part of the 350,000 acres of land whose titles were revoked by the national government as grazing corridors.

Speaking to journalists in Mpeketoni Town on Thursday, the herders mostly from Pangani, Lumshi, Koreni, Mkunumbi and Hongwe said the move will greatly reduce the constant conflicts between them and farmers, a situation that has greatly been precipitated by the ongoing drought.

In January 2016, President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered the cancellation of ownership of the 350,000 acres of land that had been irregularly acquired and directed that the land be returned to the Lamu County Government for public use.

On Thursday, elders from the herders’ community, led by Mr Mohamed Kalmei, accused the county government of continuing to conserve idle land at the expense of the grazers who have nowhere to take their livestock.

QUARRELS WITH FARMERS

He also pointed an accusing finger at the county government for ignoring their needs, adding that the constant altercations between them and farmers would only reduce if they get permanent grazing corridors.

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