Day 365 plus +/- 5 weeks – Tuesday 17th October

Sadly not such a positive week here

 – illegal grazing at night has started up again with Samburu cattle and armed ‘herders’ coming in at night from across the Pesi River near Matigari. About 70 head of cattle came in on Saturday night and were monitored, Patrol teams and NPR teams were in place on Sunday night and a heavy exchange of fire took place. Thankfully all teams returned home safe.

Elephants continue to hide out here in big numbers, sadly crop raiding small holder farmers not too far from our boundarys  – luckily we had made the decision not to plant any crops this season due to fence and machinery damage caused by invaders earlier in the year and the addition of the elephants.

Picture taken through binos – a herd of 98 seen in the abandoned crop land! 

Nanyuki side seems to be getting some much needed rain finally and photo taken this afternoon just off the tarmac from Nanyuki heading back towards Rumuruti 


Mugie Ranch – 17th October

Just received from Mugie –

Last night dozens and dozens of herds came in. The Samburu have been met with impunity at every turn and it seems that the security situation is degrading in steps. The government seem to have little will to step in and put an end to this. 

As yet those who came on with seven guns have yet to openly show themselves as the owners of the herd. They just send the Chief of Logorate and Suguta Marmar in as representatives and who negotiate on their behalf. 

Two other herds arrested today and their owners went to Rumuruti Police station. 

Tomorrow our security team members will be giving evidence in court against sandalwood poachers we arrested a few months ago. 
Otherwise, we have had a pause in the rain and baling commenced again today.

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Mugie Ranch – 15th Oct 

Just received from Mugie –

Two days later and the impounded cattle are still with us. We have said alongside the local ASTU commander that if we are to return the cattle, then we want them to submit the 7 guns that were used to intimidate our security team. 

Several of the local chiefs from Samburu county have come to present excuses – but no one is willing to admit any culpability as yet. This is typical of the Samburu community attitude. 

The ASTU commander takes no nonsense and this is the first Louniek Commander that really follows through. We hope to see more of this positive influence in the area.

Mugie Ranch – 13th Oct

Just received from Mugie

A herd of approx 300 Samburu cattle came in 1030hrs from the Logorate area (north). Mugie patrols captured the herd but then Samburu returned with 7gunmen to retrieve the herd. A joint patrol of Mugie NPR and ASTU then cut off the escape of the herd. An ambush was laid by the Samburu for our joint patrol but detected. The gunmen ran away and approx 100 cattle from the illegal grazing herd were impounded by ASTU.

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Day 365 plus +/- 4 weeks – Monday 9th October

Another week with no illegal grazing here, 

BUT  with reports of thousands of illegal cattle heading to Kieni on our southern boundary – hopefully the report is exaggerated in the numbers and the cattle and herders will respect our boundary.Police are aware and following up on the information. 

Reports also received of an argument over grazing between Samburu and Turkana with cattle on Lombara with injuries inflicted on both sides.

More cattle arrived home, more stonewall bomas being built, gates bent and buckled by elephants climbing over them are being repaired, more bush clearing, elephants still damaging the boundary stonewall every day breaking in and out, patrols ongoing constantly along with training of the NPR and security teams. 
Still some cases of ECF in the cattle and despite treatment sadly lost one of the cows this week – other’s that were sick recovering well.

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