By Kurgat Marindany.
Kajiado Central MP Kanchory Memusi has demanded for the resignation of acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i and Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet over death of livestock in Laikipia.
Speaking at his farm in Kajiado, he said that in the event it is established that the government committed atrocities against the Maasais in Laikipia, the Jubilee administration will never have peace.
The ODM MP was reacting to the killing of more than 300 livestock belonging to pastoralists who had allegedly invaded private ranches in Ratia in November.
“Before going for the policemen who opened fire on the livestock, Matiang’i and Boinnet should have gone home,” said Memusi.
He promised to rally all the Maasais in the country to revolt against Jubilee administration, adding that those in leadership and still “sleep with the ruling coalition” will face a major revolt in the next election.
The legislator said it is now a known fact that Jubilee has never meant well to the pastoralist communities, and especially the Maasai.
The police county commander, Samuel Kipkeu, said the law enforcement officers were patrolling the private ranches in Olmoran and Rita, and were attacked by the pastoralists when they tried to evict them.
Over the years, there have been clashes between private land owners and the locals in Laikipia over grazing rights, and the government has not found a lasting solution on the problem.
NASA leader Raila Odinga while visiting the Laikipia described the killing as “most open display of impunity and utter disregard for the livelihoods and survival of long marginalized communities”.
“Strangely, colonialists knew what cattle meant to the Maasai. They confiscated the cattle rather than kill them. Police on the other hand killed the cattle in a show of utter contempt of the community’s way of life,” Odinga said.