DAY 22– of violence, mayhem, shooting, looting
Monday…..our day was pretty peaceful in comparison to what happened on Suyian Ranch yesterday….. Life’s work and home to old family friends …..the lodge Suyian Soul destroyed by illegally armed gunmen. We keep being told this is all about ‘Kiangazi na Nyasi’ – drought and grass !!! Well as days go by and more places are affected it’s more and more obvious it isn’t……If it is the case why the senseless destruction of property….water pumps, generators, boreholes, houses, and now Suyian Soul. When Suyian Soul was just opening, my husband and I were guides on safari with an amazing family from California….this was one of the places we stayed and was still being finished……on that same safari we stayed in some other amazing camps and lodges but at the end of the trip Suyian Soul came out as the highlight for those clients. Sending big hugs and love to the whole Suyian family…..
Please follow the Laikipia Land Invasions twitter page @laikipinvasion There are photos of the gunmen attack at Suyian and also photos of the looting! Please please SHARE what is happening in Laikipia !
Another article from The Star showing how the Laikipia Land Invasions could be connected to the upcoming elections. Please read the full article below.
DAY 21 of violence, mayhem, destruction, shooting etc etc….(Sunday)
It’s very tiring and depressing to watch how over the last few months the work of my Grandfather, Father, Brothers and us and our children slowly or not so slowly deteriorating back to the beginning.
Very tough for our staff and their families too, some who’ve worked with us for 2 and 3 generations.
The day continued with our version of ‘normal’ – herds and herds of illegal cattle, sheep and goats pouring in with armed men. 5 armed men seen below the dam and 1 shot was heard…..other armed men seen gathering in their ‘usual’ spots. Then just to change things a bit and shock us just a little more we could see about 300 head of cattle,sheep and goats moving into the garden of my brother’s house that over the last few days has been vandalised and looted and the staff houses burnt to the ground. More shock as looking through binoculars we could see donkeys being loaded with stuff from the house by Samburu women. Armed men could be seen walking around openly with their illegal firearms and others seen throwing stuff from the house into the dam. They could see us watching them and fired at us, the AP’s here returned fire and slowly the herd moved off only for another to appear after a few hours. Later on in the afternoon 3 armed men were seen in the compound and seemed to be look outs for a herd of cattle that were grazing within 150 meters of our house.
It hurts so deeply buying in food for our remaining cattle and burdening our friends, when we had so carefully preserved our pasture for the coming dry months…….
“The five Anti-Stock Theft policemen guarding the lodge were overwhelmed by ‘scores or hundreds of attackers.'”
“It is the third tourist lodge in Laikipia to be closed in January after a Pokot invasion forced the closure of two lodges in the Mugie conservancy earlier this month.”
“The 12 main conservancies in Laikipia, including Suyian, claimed in 2014 that they pumped more than Sh2 billion into the Laikipia economy in 2013.”
Please read the full article in the link below! Dont forget to SHARE ! Thank you xx
This is youtube clip can also be found on the Laikipia Land Invasions page on facebook. Please follow the updates and share what is happening so that action can be taken to stop this ! #laikipiainvasions
19th January 2017…..we were hoping for a peaceful day and got to 4.30 pm without being shot at in our compound. Because of the water pump below the dam having been vandalized all the remaining herds of cattle came to drink water from inside our compound …….not a normal occurrence as I quite like my garden but somehow felt peaceful with them in the garden. At about 4.30 one shot was fired from across the dam, luckily missed us, our staff and the Police but sadly did hit this young bull. Shot in the lungs so had to be put down.
DAY 19. Part 2: …Friday …the rest of the day passed with watching armed groups gathering, dispersing , gathering again….herds and herds of illegal cattle coming in, joined by huge herds of sheep and goats……now the leaves are been hacked off the olive trees to feed the goats…..
Positives we didn’t get shot at and had no cattle stolen, dairy cows love their food and the recovered stolen cows tucking in and slowly looking stronger.
Apparently there was another peace meeting held….we haven’t yet been informed of what was discussed even though it is about us !!!
Going to be posting more and more photos….some pretty distressing for which I apologize but this stuff needs to go mainstream somehow…..as I have said before this is not about ‘Kiangazi na Nyasi’ – ‘drought and grass’, it is a sinister plan!!!!
Please share to everyone, tell everyone, it is not just the ranches suffering …..hundreds of other farmers are too.