Eldama Ravine Constituency residents in Baringo County are calling on the Government to ban commercial slaughter of cattle at night in the County, in order to stop cattle rustling that are currently being witnessed in Koibatek area.
According to William Biwott from Narasha village who spoke on behalf of locals in the area, said farmers are increasingly going at a lose over the increase in theft in Torongo and Tinet, and he is now appealing to the government to ban the transportation and slaughter of livestock in nearby areas, claiming that they are contributing to cases of livestock theft.
In Torongo, Wilson Kiragu lost all his cows at night where he alleged that, thieves succeeded to steal all his cows worth Ksh. 300,000 and transported them by lorry towards Eldama Ravine- Nakuru road.
He however, wants the government to intensify patrols in the area since thieves are taking advantage of the curfew to benefit themselves following the corona virus pandemic adding that farmers in the area have been reduced to poverty after their cattle were stolen and slaughtered at night by unknown people.
Koibatek County Deputy Commissioner Mary Muchene has addressed the issue, confirming that livestock theft cases have been reported in her office and that the culprits will be brought to book and action will be taken against them.
“Through the security department we have devised strategies to strengthen patrols during the night and especially in areas increasingly affected” DCC said