Police accused of harassing Samburu women in disarmament exercise

Women from the Turkana and Samburu community at Rumuruti Township in Laikipia on November 16, 2016 after the cancelation of a permit allowing a peaceful demonstration against what they alleged was harassment by police in the ongoing disarmament exercise. PHOTO | SULEIMAN MBATIAH | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • A spot-check by the Nation on Wednesday revealed a looming humanitarian crisis in Laikipia West where women and children have fled their homes during the last two weeks in fear of torture by the police.
  • The Turkana and Samburu communities have been embroiled in inter-communal clashes over pasture and cattle rustling which have left seven people dead, more than 800 livestock stolen and about 480 families displaced over the last two weeks alone.
  • Most grazers from the neighbouring Samburu, Baringo, West Pokot, Isiolo and Turkana counties have migrated to private farms in the region in search for pasture and this has created conflict amongst the communities in the area and prompted attacks.

Barely a week after the government ordered a forcible disarmament in Laikipia and neighbouring counties, women from the Samburu community residing in the area claim they are being harassed and tortured by security agencies.


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