In Summary
  • The locals have said that at least 150 camels belonging to five herders from north eastern Kenya have invaded their farms.
  • Mr Mboga said their only source of water, Chanzou dam, is drying up due the invasion by the camels.
  • Kinango Deputy County Commissioner Kialo Kaloki called for calm.

Tension is building up in Chanzou, Makamini and Bofu villages in Samburu/Chengoni Ward, Kinango, Kwale County between the locals and camel herders over grazing land.

The locals have said that at least 150 camels belonging to five herders from north eastern Kenya have invaded their farms searching for pasture and water due to drought in their areas of origin.

The agitated residents have warned they may be forced to take the law in their own hands if the government fails to flush out the illegal herders.

WREAKING HAVOC

Mr Chiberya Mboga, a resident who spoke to the Nation by phone, said the camels have been wreaking havoc in the villages for almost two weeks now.

He said the herders have been grazing their hundreds of camels on their land without their consent and forcibly driving locals away.

"We cannot go on with our daily activities as usual because of the invasion of our farms by the herders," he said.

Mr Mboga said their only source of water, Chanzou dam, is drying up due the invasion by the camels.

“We are forced to share the water with the camels and we risk a disease breakout since the camels urinate in the remaining sources of water thereby affecting our livestock," he said.

Another resident, Mr Karani Mwayawa, said their animals have been dying as result of the camels grazing in their farms, wiping out the little remaining pastures.

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