The Star (Nairobi)

20 June 2014

Kenya: Maasai Protest Over Kedong Land

FOUR policemen were injured after they clashed with demonstrators on the Narok-Mai Mahiu road. The officers were left nursing head injuries after they tried to contain Maasais protesting over the alleged sale of the Kedong ranch.

One of the officers escaped death narrowly after he was cornered by the protesters who attacked him with all manner of weapons.

The group had blocked the busy road on Wednesday evening. Naivasha deputy police boss Agnes Amojong said the demonstration paralysed traffic on the road for more than four hours before police managed to control the demonstrators.

"During the incident four of our officers were injured but they have been treated and discharged and the road has been opened," she said.

And in Lake Naivasha, five government officers were injured after they were attacked by poachers. The poachers attacked them using stones.

Trouble started after the officers accompanied by some members of the beach management unit moved in to confiscate illegal nets.

According to Naivasha subcounty fisheries officer Mathew Ngila, the officers were on a normal patrol when the incident occurred.

Ngila said the poachers were using undersize nets to fish on the shores of the lake and were resisting the move to confiscate their nets.

"More than fifty poachers attacked the officers using stones injuring five of them but they have been treated and discharged," he said.

Ngila said there is a high number of poachers in the lake and they are affecting fish production. He said the operation against poachers will.

Ngila said they are seeking support from the police.

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