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Government orders illegal herders out of Laikipia County in 7 days

Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i warned the herders that a crackdown will follow the lapse of the ultimatum and urged them to leave within the window.

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The Government has given herders who have invaded private farms in Laikipia seven days to move out of the County or face forceful evictions.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i warned the herders that a crackdown will follow the lapse of the ultimatum and urged them to leave within the window.

Speaking at the Anti-Stock Theft Unit (ASTU) camp in Naibor in Laikipia County, the CS, who was accompanied by the Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai, senior security officers and local leaders led by Governor Ndiritu Muriithi, blamed the encroaching herders for violent clashes with local farmers and owners of private ranches and conservancies.

“We are preparing a serious crackdown. It’ll be ruthless, and I plead will all illegal herders to move out within the period,” the CS said, adding that the Government would not hesitate to use force, if necessary, to protect the lives and private property bearing the brunt of invasions.

Dr Matiang’i also announced an immediate takeover by security teams of the 80,000- acre Kilmon farm that is owned by the Government and that has been a theatre of deadly clashes between armed herders from Laikipia and the neighbouring counties.

A GSU camp will be established at the parcel to create a buffer zone between the two warring sides. The CS further ordered private ranchers and pastoralists to register agreements on access to pastures with the County Government beginning next month to enable the government to enforce the pacts and arbitrate bloody disputes around their implementation.

He said, “If you have an agreement with ranchers, that’s OK. But for the Government to be able to provide security, we want such agreements recorded and the terms registered with the County Government to help resolve disputes around them.”

To help pastoralists in the County ease the pressure on grazing pastures and water points, the CS further announced that the Kenya Meat Commission (KMC), which is under the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF), will begin buying around 1,000 livestock weekly from next week in an off-take deal brokered by the Government.

The program will complement a similar one being implemented by the Country Government of Laikipia. The CS and Governor Muriithi urged pastoralists to take advantage of the offer to reduce their losses due to drought and improve the productivity of their livestock.

Dr Matiang’i also put on notice local politicians whom he accused of fanning violent clashes by sponsoring relocation and forceful displacement of residents to rearrange voter distribution in the area ahead of the 2022 general elections. He said the government will begin recruiting chiefs and assistant chiefs for new administrative units in the area, a move that will not only help contain the sponsored evictions but also decentralize security services.

“We must put an end to this balkanization. We will not allow wananchi to be hurt due to political positions. We will immediately arrest those encouraging election rearrangements through forced movements,” he said.

Leaders present blamed insecurity for the decline in tourism and the closure of hotels and lodges in the area, which have led to a loss of jobs and revenue for the county. Laikipia North MP Sarah Korere regretted that the latest flare-ups of violence had forced the closure of at least one public school in the area.

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KMPDC revokes licence of Sipili Maternity and Nursing Home following NTV’s expose on sexual assault

The council says it took the action after carefully considering f this matter, the nature of the allegations and the need to protect the public, pending the hearing and determination of the matter.

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The Sipili Maternity and Nursing Home in Laikipia West

The national healthcare institutions and professionals licencing body, the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Council, has ordered the closure and revocation of the operating licence of Sipili Maternity and Nursing Home in Laikipia County.

This follows a chilling expose by NTV on Wednesday evening dubbed “doctored evil” where various gross allegations, key among them sexual assault, were made against the proprietor, George Mbugua and some members of the hospital.

The council says it took the action after carefully considering f this matter, the nature of the allegations and the need to protect the public, pending the hearing and determination of the matter.

“Consequently, you are hereby directed to close the facility with immediate effect and organize in consultation with patients /relatives to transfer all the in-patients to other facilities of their choice within 24 hours,” said KMPDC boss Dr Daniel Yumbya.

He further directed the proprietor to appear before a joint inquiry of various health regulatory bodies on Monday, 28th February 2022 at 10.00 am at the KMPDC office complex, 3rd floor, where this matter will be heard and determined.

Dr Yumbya directed the Laikipia County Executive Committee Member for Health Services to coordinate and ensure a smooth transfer of all the affected patients to their alternative facilities of choice.

He also requested the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) CEO Dr Peter Kamunyo to ensure that any of the affected patients who are covered under the NHIF are facilitated appropriately.

In 2015, quack doctor James Mugo Ndichu-alias-Mugo wa Wairimu first came to the public after he was exposed by NTV investigative journalist Dennis Okari, in an exposé that detailed how he sedated and sexually assaulted his patients.

He was arrested and charged, but the case collapsed because the witnesses involved refused to testify in the case. In 2018, he was yet again exposed by NTV, but this time around he had moved to a different clinic within Githurai.

In 2020, Mugo wa Wairimu was handed an 11 years sentence after he was found guilty of running an unregistered medical clinic. However, Nairobi Resident Magistrate Martha Nanzushi gave Mugo the option of paying a fine of Sh1,420,000.

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Senior UK military officers to tour Kenya over 2012 murder coverup near British army base

In 2012, the UK’s Special Investigation Branch carried out initial enquiries in Kenya, including providing information about British personnel to Kenyan police.

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The late Agnes Wanjiru. Photo/Courtesy

Senior United Kingdom military officers will be visiting Kenya in the coming weeks to look into a possible coverup of a murder case involving a Kenyan woman and British soldiers.

The body of 21-year-old Agnes Wanjiru was found at the Lions Court Hotel in Nanyuki town, Laikipia County two months after she disappeared in March 2012.

The identity of the British soldier who allegedly stabbed the woman to death before dumping her body in a hotel septic tank is widely known in the army, but no action has ever been taken against him.

A fellow soldier had gone to the “proper people” immediately after hearing a squaddie confess to the killing but said he was told to “shut up” when he reported it and no action was taken.

British High Commissioner to Kenya, Jane Marriott in a statement said the UK was fully cooperating with the investigation and will help in any way it could.

In 2012, she said, the UK’s Special Investigation Branch carried out initial enquiries in Kenya, including providing information about British personnel to Kenyan police.

While expressing outrage and concern about the tragic death, the High Commissioner said no further investigation requests were made by Kenyan authorities at that time.

“Following the conclusion of a Kenyan inquest in 2019, we understand that the Kenyan authorities are looking into the murder. We will support that Kenyan police investigation,” she noted.

She emphasized that the conduct of the UK military in Kenya is incredibly important in enhancing bilateral relations but where there are issues, the UK have and would address them.

However, an inquest was held in Kenya in 2019 in which a judge ruled the mother was ‘murdered by British soldiers’ but no subsequent action was taken by the army.

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Laikipia Insecurity: Government to deploy special forces, orders non-residents to leave

On Sunday, heavily armed gunmen shot and killed three people and injured one in an attempted cattle rustling at Mbogoini Village near Laikipia Nature Conservancy, in Laikipia West.

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The government has resolved to deploy special forces and equipment in the troubled areas of Laikipia West sub-County.

Cabinet Secretary for Interior, Dr Fred Matiang’i in a statement also said the government would heighten operation in the region.

He regretted that despite the government’s efforts to enforce peace and stability in the region, hardcore bandits continue to wreak havoc.

“Unfortunately, innocent lives have been lost and many others injured in attacks that have also occasioned the destruction of private property and loss of livestock,” he stated.

At the same time, he ordered the eviction of non-residents of Laikipia County and its environs in a bid to tame the heightened threats caused by the hardcore bandits.

On Sunday, heavily armed gunmen shot and killed three people and injured one in an attempted cattle rustling at Mbogoini Village near Laikipia Nature Conservancy, in Laikipia West.

The government has in the past announced a raft of measures to address insecurity in the County, among them imposing a 6 pm to 6 am curfew and gazetting it as a security operation zone.

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