In Summary
  • The vocal MCA was arrested in Kabarnet on Thursday afternoon by detectives and transferred to Nakuru for further questioning.
  • Farmers in Laikipia have welcomed the government-led operation to restore order on their farms after losing property and lives.

A Baringo County ward representative spent Thursday night in police cells after he was arrested in connection with violence in Laikipia County.

Churo-Amaya Ward Representative Thomas Minito was booked at the Central Police Station in Nakuru on Thursday evening.

Mr Minito is accused of propagating hate leading to the burning of Mukutan Retreat Lodge in the Laikipia Nature Conservancy on Wednesday evening.

He was on Wednesday quoted by the media criticising the ongoing security operation to flush out illegal herders from a number of ranches and conservancies in Laikipia County.

He claimed that military officers and police had shot and killed thousands of animals grazing on vast private lands owned by white farmers.

Armed herders at the conservancy on the border of Laikipia and Baringo counties are reported to have carried out an extensive arson attack, opening fire on staff including the co-manager of the conservancy.

The outspoken MCA was arrested in Kabarnet on Thursday afternoon by detectives and transferred to Nakuru for further questioning.

His lawyer, Kipkemboi Sirma, said he was not sure of the charges that would be brought against him.

He expressed fears that his client might be transferred to an unknown police station in Laikipia before being arraigned in a Nyahururu court on Friday.

RESTORE PEACE

Farmers in Laikipia have welcomed the government-led operation to restore order on their farms after losing property and lives

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