The day passed in our new ‘normality’ of building stone walls, patrolling by foot and vehicle, a total of 7 breaks which is frustrating after our few days with only 4. A big flock of small stock seen near Matigari and moved off with a warning that they will be impounded the next time.
I drove around the farm with the guy writing the EIA for us to continue bush clearing and make charcoal accompanied by 3 NPR’s. He saw first hand some of damage and was pretty shocked. He also had another interesting thought…..yes the publicity has been that this is happening only on the ‘white ranches’- we know that this isn’t true, so so many small holders farmers and their family’s have been seriously affected. What you don’t think about when you’re going through this craziness is that there is a serious knock on effect to the greater community in Laikipia who although not connected directly over the land and grazing are affected through loss of income due to ranches having had to have stopped daily farm operations and just doing damage control and security. Any new development will now have been put on hold or just cancelled. The impact is huge and very sad.
The enormity of the problem has been downplayed for so long, the KDF/Police operation is ongoing, and will take time as the area to cover is vast and the problem so much bigger than anyone believes. We have to stay positive and hope and pray that illegal guns will be collected, law and order will be restored, and peace will return to Laikipia – but there is still a long bumpy road ahead of us.
Ol Maisor, Sosian, Suyian Ranches still under extreme pressure.
Yes this is now a drought – it wasn’t when all this started late last year ….now a convinient excuse…..it’s not about Kiangazi na Nyasi.
Please keep SHARING about what is going on in Laikipia