Underlying factors in Laikipia crisis

Security officials at Sosian Ranch in Laikipia on March 6, 2017. PHOTO | STEVE NJUGUNA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • There is an urgent need for the recognition of this issue as a grave threat to national security.

  • A robust and immediate effort must be taken by the government to secure the lives and safety of its citizens, the protection of private property from illegal invaders, equitable access to natural resources for all, and for the vulnerable pastoralists, in particular, and an effective long-term strategy to help them cope with the effects of seasonal droughts.

The gun violence in Laikipia, which has claimed some lives and left other people injured, is now attracting the attention of the international media. Among the casualties is the Laikipia West police chief shot and injured last month and now the co-owner of Sosian Ranch, Tristan Voorspuy, who was killed at the weekend.

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