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Kenya: Taming Livestock Theft – Police Advised to Shoot Rustlers On Sight

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It is not tenable for residents of Mt Kenya area to maintain livestock attributable to rampant instances of theft, a scenario that has compelled the authorities to difficulty a shoot-to-kill order focusing on cattle thieves.

The counties are estimated to be dropping as much as Sh600 million to livestock theft yearly, with the most-affected areas being Ndia in Kirinyaga, Mbeere South in Embu, and Kiharu, Murang’a South, Kigumo, Kandara, Ithanga/Kakuzi and Gatanga in Murang’a County.

So unhealthy is the scenario that native directors are describing the crime as financial sabotage, which they vow to root out.

With cattle raids worsening over the previous two years, indignant residents have resorted to taking issues into their very own arms, lynching eight suspects and making 53 citizen arrests. Police have additionally killed two suspects and recovered 684 stolen animals.

Central Regional Commissioner Wilfred Nyagwanga stated the thieves are often armed with selfmade weapons.

“I’ve directed our safety groups to shoot to kill anybody who will likely be discovered threatening lives and property with firearms,” Mr Nyagwanga stated.

Police on Sunday recovered 121 of the 824 sheep valued at Sh5 million stolen at New Day Farm in Makuyu, Murang’a County. The armed gang of 12 struck round 1am. The farm belongs to Dr Charagu Mararo.

Taken refuge

By Sunday midnight, safety officers had recovered 121 sheep value Sh840,000.

On Saturday night time, a gang of 4 raided Moses Ngure’s dwelling in Mariki village round midnight and stole 30 sheep valued at Sh150,000.

Murang’a South Sub-county police boss Alexander Shikondi, and his group, led by a particular squad underneath the command of Chief Inspector Cleophas Juma pursued the thieves. By 6am, that they had recovered 17 sheep alive and three slaughtered.

The thieves have been caught slaughtering the animals in a close-by forest. “They ran away once they noticed us. We’re coping with an organised felony community,” Mr Shikondi stated.

Eight sub-counties have been recognized as rustling hotspots with the authorities banking on neighborhood policing to beat the crime syndicate.

“Police have confiscated 26 bikes and eight motor automobiles discovered transporting stolen livestock and meat to the black market. We have labeled the crime as financial sabotage and I’ve ordered my officers to deal firmly with the thieves,” Mr Nyagwanga informed the Nation.

“We have profiled the Embu-Makutano, Sagana-Murang’a-Kenol, Ithanga-Mbombo-Thika, Gatura-Thika and different roads that hyperlink the area to the Thika superhighway as particular policing zones [that criminals are using] to ferry livestock,” he stated.

Safety groups within the eight sub-counties have been directed to pay shut consideration to slaughterhouses and livestock markets.

“In Murang’a South, for instance, we now have ordered that every one slaughterhouses be fitted with safety cameras that have to be practical always,” Mr Shikondi stated.

Group policing

Slaughterhouses, butcheries and markets will likely be underneath surveillance and all meat and livestock transporters registered. They are going to be required to provide a certificates of authorisation on demand.

Group policing committees will likely be empowered to determine and report all types of felony actions to safety officers, who will enhance patrols.