1 February 2013

Kenya: Cattle Rustling Shuts Down Three Laikipia Schools

Some three schools have been closed following cases of cattle rustling in Laikipia. More than 100 cattle and donkeys were stolen by rustlers last week at Ngarua division.

Mbogoini, Arabel and Nyakiambi primary schools closed down when parents withdrew their children to flee. Residents have accused the government of laxity.

Yesterday, they held a demonstration at Kinamba trading centre to the DO's office. "We are tired of these raids which occur even during the day. We demand that security officers be deployed so that we can live in peace," said resident Peter Thomi. Ng'arua DO Edwin Kuria said there are few police deployed who cannot effectively patrol the area.

"We want to assure you that we are doing everything possible to stop the bandits," he said. Kuria said the police are investigating the bandits and have information on their location.

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