In Summary
  • Mr Liban said the era when people kept huge numbers of cows for prestige is long gone.
  • He said that pastoralists ought to consider and explore better ways of self-pride than keeping so many animals.
  • NCIC has been camping in Tana Delta for the last two days following rising tensions that threatened peace.

Pastoral communities have been advised to get rid of huge numbers of cattle and instead keep what they can manage.

Speaking in Tana River County, the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) Director for Peace Building and Reconciliation Guyo Liban said it is time pastoralists embraced pasture and forage production as a means of sustaining the animals they own.

"It is not wise for one individual to keep 1,000 cows and a huge number of goats which he cannot feed only to use them to cause feuds in other peaceful areas by grazing them on people farms," he said.

PRESTIGE

Mr Liban said the era when people kept huge numbers of cows for prestige is long gone and that pastoralists ought to consider and explore better ways of self-pride than keeping so many animals.

He further noted that pastoralists, like people in other parts of the country, have the potential to nurture the nation to a peaceful direction by selling a number of cows and investing the money on pasture production and propagation of forage.

"If you are going to keep 5,000 cows like some rich people here in Tana River, you must be able to feed them or be held accountable for any loss they cause," he said.

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