In Summary
  • Mr Kamwibua said many herders have been killed and livestock lost to the cattle rustlers.
  • On Saturday, armed raiders stole 24 cows belonging to Mr Kamwibua.
  • This is the second time in a month that police officers have encountered gun-toting raiders.

Herders in Meru have called for the re-arming of police reservists stationed along the northern grazing zone of the county, following a fierce gun battle between raiders and police pursuing stolen livestock.

Meru Peace Initiative Chairman Charles Kamwibua said many herders have been killed and livestock lost to the cattle rustlers since the 25 police reservists employed by the county government were disarmed.

AMBUSHED

Speaking a day after police pursuing stolen livestock were ambushed by armed raiders, Mr Kamwibua observed that herders in Meru County do not have guns yet neighbouring pastoralist communities are armed.

Mr Kamwibua said they have already lost close to 1,000 goats and sheep, 168 cows and 21 donkeys to the bandits from neighbouring counties since May 2019.

On Saturday, armed raiders stole 24 cows belonging to Mr Kamwibua.

As they pursued them, the officers from GSU, RDU and AP were ambushed at Daaba, along the Meru-Isiolo boarder.

The bandits engaged the officers in a shootout that lasted for over four hours.

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