By Abdi Hussein
Residents of Isinya Sub- County, Kajiado County have lost over 1000 livestock to daring thieves in the last six months.
The notorious suspected thieves attack in the dead hours of night mostly targeting widows and other vulnerable groups.
The thieves believed to be a cartel of livestock brokers and traders went to Agnes Korompoi’s home in Korompoi village and stole15 goats.
She said the family woke and found an empty goat shed although they never heard any commotion despite the suspects breaking into the shed.
Out of 16 goats only one was left leaving the widow in pain after losing her herd.
“I have been hit hard considering this was all I had to take care of my children. This must be organized crime,” said Korompoi in tears.
Most herders have now decided to carry out night vigils but thief’s always corner them and get away with their livestock.
According to irate residents,the suspects ferry their loot using gateway vehicles to Nairobi based livestock markets.
Local leaders led by former MCA Daniel Kanchori have condemned theft laying blame on local security officers for negligence and abetting the crime.
“We suspect foul play between our security agents and the criminals. We are demanding that suspects to be apprehended and prosecuted before the situation gets of hand. Enough is enough,” said Kanchori
Residents have issued a two weeks ultimatum for security organs to address the thorny issue.
Two years ago, three suspected livestock thieves were lynched and their getaway vehicle torched when they were cornered by members of public ferrying stolen livestock from Isinya.